NASA: America’s ‘Most Experienced Astronaut’ Dies At 87


John Young, America’s “most experienced astronaut” who walked on the Moon during the Apollo program and commanded the first space shuttle mission, has passed away.
Young died Friday night following complications from pneumonia. He was 87 years old.
Young is the only U.S. astronaut to go into space as part of the Gemini, Apollo and space shuttle programs, and the first to fly into space six times.
Counting his takeoff from the moon in 1972 as commander of Apollo 16, his blastoff tally stood at seven and for decades stood as a world record.

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