Astronaut John Young, Who Walked on the Moon, Dies at 87

07 January, 2018, 01:17 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Gemini, Apollo, and Space Shuttle astronaut John Young has passed away

"John was one of that group of early space pioneers whose bravery and commitment sparked our nation's first great achievements in space".

Young is the only astronaut who took part in the Gemini, Apollo and space shuttle programmes.

"NASA and the world have lost a pioneer", the USA space agency said in a statement.

We're saddened by the loss of astronaut John Young, who was 87. "He was always questioning what we were doing and why we were doing it". Young, a Navy Test Pilot, was selected as an astronaut in 1962. His earliest voyage into space was on Gemini 3, the agency's first two-man flight, commanded by Virgil "Gus" Grissom, in 1965.

'Coach' actor Jerry Van Dyke dead at 86
Danville native Jerry Van Dyke died Friday at his ranch in Hot Spring County, Arkansas , according to the Associated Press. Van Dyke appeared on The Dick Van Dyke show, one of his earliest appearances as Stacey Petrie in 1962.

He was also the first to make six spacewalks and, at one point, held the record for longest time spent in space, according to NASA. Young and his crew undertook each aspect of that subsequent mission except for an actual moon landing.

John Young salutes on the surface of the Moon on April 21, 1972. He was the ninth man to walk on the moon. Bouncing along the lunar surface in a four-wheeled rover, he and Charlie Duke collected 200 pounds of rock specimens.

While Young retired from NASA in 2004, he remained a constant figure at the agency, Young remained at NASA until 2004, when he retired at the age of 74.

"Earth's geologic history is pretty clear: It says, quite frankly, that single-planet species don't last", Young said, according to a 2004 Houston Chronicle story.

Twitter Shares Statement on Why Trump Still Hasn't Been Banned
"We review Tweets by leaders within the political context that defines them, and enforce our rules accordingly", the company explained.

Young's fifth space mission was as commander of the inaugural flight of NASA's first space shuttle, Columbia, in 1981.

After his return to Earth, the shuttle would become Young's next focus. It was the first time NASA had ever launched a manned mission without first testing unmanned versions of the same vehicle.

In his autobiography, he revealed that he felt responsible for the shuttle accidents of the Challenger (1986) and Columbia (2003). "Current Jonson Space Center Director Ellen Ochoa today said" It would be hard to overstate the impact that John Young had on human space flight. Not many people argued with Young. "In retrospect, it's just so damn hard to believe that we hadn't pinpointed the problem".

Young was born on September 24, 1930, in San Francisco and grew up in Orlando, Florida. The family moved to Cartersville, Georgia, and then Orlando, Florida, as his father sought work during the Depression. From there, he joined the US Navy, served aboard the USS LAWS during the Korean War, and went on to attend the Navy Test Pilot School.

Warning to road users as Eleanor picks up pace
Exposed areas are set to suffer the worst conditions as Eleanor hits Northern Ireland before crossing to the western coast of northern England and Scotland.

Recommended:

  • Pakistan condemns Kabul terror attack

    Pakistan condemns Kabul terror attack

    The Islamic State (IS) militant group claimed responsibility through its Amaq news agency, although it provided no evidence to back up the claim.
    Alexa Gets Cooking With Microwave & Oven Support

    Alexa Gets Cooking With Microwave & Oven Support

    Devices from Amazon and Google are the clear leaders in the smart speaker category with their respective Echo and Home products. You might, for example, tell Alexa to set the microwave for 3 minutes or ask Alexa to preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
    Spotify hit with $1.6 billion copyright lawsuit

    Spotify hit with $1.6 billion copyright lawsuit

    They're arguing that Wixen's contract with their songwriters won't let them take legal actions on the songwriters behalf. The suit seeks damages of $150,000 apiece for more than 10,000 songs represented by Wixen that it says are unlicensed.
  • Malaysia agrees to allow USA  firm to resume MH370 search

    Malaysia agrees to allow USA firm to resume MH370 search

    Flight MH370 disappeared in March 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, with 239 passengers and crew on board. Ocean Infinity has not given details of the new search area.
    US FCC chairman cancels tech event appearance after threats

    US FCC chairman cancels tech event appearance after threats

    The Federal Trade Commission's acting chairwoman Maureen Ohlhausen, who was also scheduled for the debate, will still attend. He had to halt his controversial vote to scrap the USA government's net neutrality rules in December after a bomb threat .
    Oil dips after hitting highest since mid

    Oil dips after hitting highest since mid

    If the deal holds until the end of this year, Russia's oil production growth could stall, considering its commitment to the pact. However, rising USA production, which is on the verge of breaking through 10 million bpd, has tempered the bullish outlook.
  • ESPN's Katie Nolan Calls Donald Trump A 'F*cking Stupid Person'

    ESPN's Katie Nolan Calls Donald Trump A 'F*cking Stupid Person'

    Another ESPN personality had some unkind words for President Donald Trump , and she has been reprimanded by the network. Nolan made the comments with a bit of laughter, but they still challenge the political policy from ESPN .
    Trump's Tweet Has Done Pakistan a Massive Favor

    Trump's Tweet Has Done Pakistan a Massive Favor

    Trump had reasoned that the U.S. is "starting to develop a much better relationship with Pakistan and its leaders". But even if Pakistan did everything the US asked, it's highly uncertain this would yield stability in Afghanistan.

    Cancel This Year Game Of Thrones Officially Won't Be Back Til 2019

    The new season is executive produced by Benioff and Weiss along with Bernadette Caulfield, Frank Doelger, and Carolyn Strauss. As the final season is expected to feature a lot of battle scenes, the show may require more special effects.
  • NYC, Long Island brace for winter storm

    NYC, Long Island brace for winter storm

    How much the storm affects the coast is contingent on a number of factors, most notably how far out to sea it tracks. Thursday morning through late evening, wind gusts are likely to reach over 50 miles per hour along the coastline.
    U.S.  accuses Pakistan over violations of religious freedom

    U.S. accuses Pakistan over violations of religious freedom

    Pakistan has faced global condemnation over its treatment of religious minorities, especially Christians, Ahmadi Muslims and Hindus.
    Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $343M; Powerball reaches $440M

    Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $343M; Powerball reaches $440M

    The Rolling Cash 5 jackpot for the next drawing is $130,000 for hitting all five numbers and the odds of winning are 1-in-575,757. According to the release, the ticket bought in the town of Colfax was one of three $1 million winners Saturday night.


Popular

Tamil Nadu Transport Minister appeals to bus employees
The striking unions want the "factor" for wage revision to be fixed at 2.57 times while government insisted it be 2.44. Transport union leaders said they will challenge the court order, which they said is one-sided as they were not heard.

Trump slams FBI, Clinton for 'garbage' dossier
A criminal referral is a request to DOJ for further investigation, and is not alleging that a crime occurred. Leon said the subpoena could "reasonably produce information relevant" to the committee's inquiry.

Arsenal manager Wenger banned for three matches after admitting misconduct charge
Arsene Wenger admits to being "surprised and shocked" at the prospect of facing more Football Association disciplinary action after recent comments made about referees.

LeBron James second behind Giannis in first All-Star returns
Simmons is now sitting in the fourth spot behind Kyrie Irving , DeMar DeRozan , and Victor Oladipo in the East guards category. The captains will be the All-Star starters from each conference who receive the most fan votes in respective conferences.

Maple Leafs defeat Sharks in six-round shootout
Frederik Andersen gave Chris Tierney a big gift but pulled the rug out from under him and the San Jose Sharks when it mattered. Patrick Marleu evened the score with his old friends, winning the rematch against his former-team on home ice in a shootout.

Apple Aims To Make Developers' Jobs Easier With New Startup Acquisition
The company advisor is Stewart Butterfield, and its most prominent client is Slack. To boost subscriber base, the company is now venturing into original programming.

Khloe Kardashian Talks Baby Names, Cravings And A Possible Marriage On 'Ellen'
But, Khloe wasn't buying what she was selling, as you can see by the way the rest of the conversation played out. She quipped: "They say that men take on sympathy cravings, or pregnancy or whatever".

United Kingdom government urged to introduce 25p latte levy on disposable coffee cups
Creagh said coffee shops have been "pulling the wool" over customers' eyes by saying their cups are recyclable. MPs say if cup recycling doesn't improve drastically by 2023 , they'll be banned completely.

Justin Timberlake spent New Year's with James Taylor
With everything being released before his Super Bowl performance, time can only tell if he will perform any music from the album. Man of the Woods makes it debut at the flawless time as Timberlake is set to perform at the 52 Super Bowl on February 4, 2018.

No winner in Powerball drawing, jackpot soars to $440 million
The Powerball jackpot is soaring as the year ends meaning 2018 will get off to a great start for some lucky lottery player. No one won the Powerball drawing on Saturday, making the new grand prize drawing $440 million.