• Jermichael Winn

Legendary NASA astronaut dies at 87

On Jan. 5, 2018, John Young, a former NASA astronaut, died at the age of 87. Young was a former navy pilot; he joined NASA in 1962.

Young was the first astronaut to fly into space six times, and he entered multiple space shuttle programs such as Gemini and Apollo. He had taken part in the first manned Gemini mission in 1965 with Gus Grissom aboard the Gemini 3 shuttle.

It was stated on CNN that he told the Orlando sentinel in 2004, “I was just lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and to get the opportunity to do it. It’s not extraordinary at all. Anybody could have done it, I’m sure.”

Young was born in San Francisco but grew up in Orlando, Fla. In 1952, he graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in aeronautical engineering.

He served in the Navy before becoming a pilot in 1959; after that, he joined NASA and spent 835 hours in space. Young walked on the moon in 1972 and piloted the first Space Shuttle flight in 1981.