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  • Pioneer Astronaut Speaks at SHSU
    tiny spacecraft was perched rumbled into space in 1972 Young s mission these days is to bring a message of concern about catastrophic events that could change the Earth and humankind as we know it forever he said The last 25 years of NASA s Solar System exploration program is telling us what we need to do to preserve our species Young has written This new knowledge is useless unless we act on it NASA is not about just about the Adventure of Human Space Exploration says Young who is associate director of the Johnson Space Center south of Houston We are in the deadly serious business of saving the species The planet itself is very tough the former NASA astronaut said Tuesday It has withstood impact hits from very large meteorites volcanic eruptions that threw enough material into the atmosphere to lower the temperature below freezing worldwide and intense radiation from solar anomalies However Young said the animal and plant life that occupies the planet is not so tough He related that there have been three or four catastrophes in the history of the planet that have resulted in mass extinction of different species Young believes mankind needs to organize its technical resources so that our species can either survive such catastrophes avoid them or evacuate to another planet if necessary The threat as dramatized in movies such as Armageddon and Sudden Impact are real Young said but the science the movies presented was wrong The odds are 1 in 2 000 that that sometime in the next 50 years a kilometer size meteor will hit the earth That could wipe out one third of the earth s population he said Young believes NASA knows what has to be done to live and work on the moon and Mars

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  • Astronaut John W. Young - Interview
    give us time to sit out there and think You looked at your checklist and said I ve got to go over here and turn that boulder over and dig underneath it You did that then you looked to see what you had to do next Plus we had spent hundreds of hours simulating it My pressure suit became just like an old set of longjohns to me Two unusual things he does remember about his time in the moon s Descartes highlands which is near the left cheekbone of the man in the moon as viewed from Earth 1 The sounds or lack of them in the moon s vacuum during his three excursions outside the lunar module The only sounds you hear on the moon are your pumps and fans running he says And if you don t hear them you know you re in a world of hurt 2 The dastardly taste of orange juice laced with potassium On Apollo 15 astronauts David Scott and Jim Irwin suffered heart irregularities while on the moon due to a lack of potassium in their diets So Young and Duke were told to drink as much of the orange juice as they could stand At one point according to the official flight transcripts Young turned to Duke and said I haven t eaten this much citrus fruit in 20 years But I ll tell you one thing in another 12 expletive days I ain t ever eatin anymore Young smiles when asked if orange juice is a steady part of his diet these days Oh yeah he says his voice not quite convincing It s good for you Lee Silver a geologist who taught astronauts how to explore the moon calls Young the archetypical extraterrestrial In layman s terms that means he s a stud among the astronauts and his legend is grand Fact Young s heart rate at the time of touchdown on the moon was 90 beats per minute By comparison Armstrong s was 150 Young a former Navy test pilot flew two Gemini two man missions He was the first astronaut to operate a computer in space on Gemini 10 in 1966 He was the first human to orbit the moon alone aboard Apollo 10 in May 1969 As soon as he returned from Apollo 16 NASA made him the backup commander on Apollo 17 Young was chosen to take the Shuttle on its maiden voyage He was selected in 1986 to fly the Shuttle a third time to deploy NASA s pride and joy the Hubble telescope But then the Challenger disaster occurred seven astronauts died and Young wasn t bashful about speaking his mind about how safety was being compromised by a hectic launch schedule Young was removed from the flight rotation many suspect because of his public comments He says the prospects of him commanding another mission don t look good I don t think I ll get another flight he says matter of

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  • Astronaut John W. Young - General Links
    thespaceagency org The Space Center http www flash net imagine5 index html Project Apollo A Retrospective Analysis By Roger D Launius http www hq nasa gov office pao History Apollomon Apollo html KSC s Space History Archive http www ksc nasa gov history history html Apollo Lunar Surface Journal http www hq nasa gov office pao History alsj Oceanography from the Space Shuttle http daac gsfc nasa gov CAMPAIGN DOCS OCDST shuttle oceanography web oss contents html The Apollo Manned Space Program http www nasm edu APOLLO They Shot for the Moon Astronaut Photographs by Frank Messinger http www geocities com CapeCanaveral Launchpad 1122 Decommissioned Ships http www chinfo navy mil navpalib ships lists decoms html Aerospace Links http www ksc nasa gov facts aerospace html HobbySpace http www HobbySpace com Cape Macintosh Space Sites http www cape mac org Jacqmans Homepage http www angelfire com fl Jacqmans index html Astronaut Memorial http members aol com astromem names MSNBC s Space News Site http www msnbc com news SPACENEWS Front asp Jim s Experimental Web http www business uab edu cache Mr Ed s Return to the Moon Pages http www geocities com CapeCanaveral Launchpad 1420 index htm back The

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  • Astronaut John W. Young - Links to Space Related Organizations
    Space Walk of Fame http www digital net usswof index html The Planetary Society http planetary org The Near Earth Object Program http neo jpl nasa gov welcome html Astronaut Scholarship Foundation http www astronautscholarship org The SpaceConnection http www spaceconnection org The Spaceguard Foundation http spaceguard ias rm cnr it SGF Near Earth Object Dynamics Site http newton dm unipi it Space Telescope Science Institute Home Page http www

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  • Astronaut John W. Young - Mailing List
    ve decided to create this mailing list rather than try to remember everyone who has asked This list is for the sole purpose of notifying you of Capt Young s speaking engagements or anything else that might be considered newsworthy I expect this to be a very low traffic list To subscribe send an email message to majordomo johnwyoung org In the body of the message not the subject line

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  • Astronaut John W. Young - A Short Biography by Lindsey McFadyen
    Nine to be chosen for a mission he made his first space flight as pilot on board Gemini 3 The first person to operate a computer on a manned spaceflight and smuggle a corned beef sandwich into space he took to the job like a veteran never suffering from space sickness and always showing a certain reluctance to return to the confines of Earth His second Gemini mission in 1966 saw him as commander of Gemini 10 completing a dual rendezvous with two separate Agena target vehicles He also served as backup pilot for Gemini 6 He flew his first Apollo mission in 1969 as Command Module pilot on board Apollo 10 during which the dress rehearsal for the first moon landing was successfully staged As backup commander of the ill fated Apollo 13 he was involved in running night simulations that aided in the prime crew s safe return to earth This was followed by command of Apollo 16 during which he and Charlie Duke became 9th and 10th men respectively to walk on the moon s surface Having excelled in the geological training that the crew had been given Young was in his element on the lunar surface Driving 16 miles in the Rover and at one point staging an impromptu grand prix in the vehicle the pair collected over 200 lbs of lunar rock for examination back on earth He also served as backup Command Module pilot for the second missions before the fire on board Apollo 1 the same for Apollo 7 and a backup commander of Apollo 17 It was while on the lunar surface that he was the eager recipient of the news that NASA was to go ahead with the planned Space Shuttle programme and in 1981 he became the first commander to

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  • Astronaut John W. Young - "MSC Names Nine New Pilot Trainees"
    pilots were born in seven of the United States two each from Ohio and Texas and one each from California Indiana Pennsylvania Illinois and Oklahoma The Project Mercury astronauts were born in Colorado Oklahoma Ohio New Jersey New Hampshire and Wisconsin Four Air Force three Navy and two civilian pilots form the new group The Project Mercury team is composed of three Navy three Air Force and one Marine pilot The pilots selected in 1959 had an average of more than 3 500 hours flying time including 1 700 hours in jet aircraft The new group has an average of about 2 800 hours flying time 1 900 of it in jets Average age of the new group is 32 5 compared to 34 5 year age average of the seven Mercury astronauts Average weight of the new pilots is slightly over that of the first group 161 5 pounds as compared to 159 pounds The new pilots average only two tenths of an inch taller than those already in the program however Applications were received until June 1 and each application was carefully reviewed in terms of these basic qualification requirements Each candidate who met the five basic standards was required to take and complete a variety of forms describing his academic background flight and work experience in detail Each was required to take a medical examination and to forward the results to MSC Selection Committee A preliminary selection committee met in June to consider 63 of the most highly qualified applicants The committee was composed of MSC management and representatives from the present group of astronauts Criteria such as flight test experience academic achievement and present supervisor s evaluation were studied Thirty two of the most outstanding applicants were selected for further study This group included volunteers from all four military services and civilian applicants During July and August the group of 32 were given medical examinations and one was eliminated as being too tall During the week of August 12 the remaining 31 applicants reported to Houston for four days of examinations and interviews For the next few weeks the selection committee carefully reviewed and evaluated tests and interviews Eventually nine were selected from which to draw flight crews for future missions It is planned that in late stages of Apollo spacecraft development a third group of flight test personnel will be selected to join those then available as the pool from which Apollo flight crews will be chosen personnel Director Stuart Clarke said Monday Training Program MSC Associate Director Walter C Williams said that an intensive training program will be implemented in miD October for the new pilots The early phases of this training program will familiarize them with the Mercury spacecraft launch vehicle and operational techniques They will then receive spacecraft and launch vehicle briefings on Gemini and Apollo As they become more familiar with Gemini and Apollo they will be assigned together with the current Mercury pilots to help establish design and operational concepts

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