John Young was commander of STS-1. And NASA didn’t take any risks with the person in charge of the first Space Shuttle mission. This is an astronaut with serious pedigree. After all, he was the back-up commander for Neil Armstrong on Apollo 13, where humans first landed on the moon.John was born September 24, 1930 and is 85 years old. He was a test pilot, Pilot for the first Gemini mission on Gemini 3, back-up Pilot for Gemini 6, Command Pilot for Gemini 10, back-up Command Module Pilot on Apollo 7, Command Module Pilot on Apollo 10, back-up Commander for Apollo 13, Commander for Apollo 16 & ninth human to walk on the Moon, Commander of the first Space Shuttle mission on STS-1, Commander for STS-9, worked at NASA for 42 years and retired at age 74, but still continued to attend weekly Astronaut Office meetings for many years after, and was a Captain in the United States Navy.
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