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  • Astronaut John W. Young - Why John Young?
    of a simple man who knows his strength resides in staying ordinary at whatever cost Michael Dean And of course he has a wonderful sense of humor It s kind of hard to tell distances on the Moon You know why Because there aren t any telephone poles up there yet John Young Yet another reason I admire Captain Young is the excitement he still has for the space program and it s possibilities I ve had the opportunity to hear him speak on multiple occasions and every time I learn something new Not only have I come away from each speech a little more knowledgeable I ve also come away feeling that I can accomplish anything if I work hard enough The people at the Mars Society labeled his talk as entertaining and inspirational I can t think of a better description After almost 40 years in the space program the excitement and dedication is still very evident His comment after landing the first shuttle mission The dream is alive is a testament to the foundation Young continues to build for America s future in space Aviation Week 4 13 98 One of my favorite stories about Capt Young illustrates why I consider him to be a hero According to an article in the British magazine Spaceflight one of Young s former professors at Georgia Tech filed a petition to change a D grade that Young had received in an engineering class applied mechanics into an A The professor stated that Young s success in the space program was proof that he understood the subject Upon learning of the petition to change the grade Capt Young wrote to his former professor asking him not to change the grade and stating that I can assure you that the D grade was earned fair and square Astronaut John Young learned on his return from the moon that a Georgia Tech professor had petitioned the university to erase a D he had given Young some 20 years ago and to replace it with an A since the astronaut to be had had excellent grades otherwise Young wrote to the professor Thank you for the Mech 302 grade change consideration Unfortunately I can assure you that the D grade was earned fair and square Therefore I would appreciate it if you would let the grade remain a D It would grieve me considerably to think that Georgia Tech was getting soft or that Tech professors ever made errors in judgment that they would admit to anyone After all Georgia Tech is an outstanding but tough engineering institute Yours for keeping it that way Warm regards John Young Hugh Park Atlanta Journal If nothing else this story is illustrative of John Young s integrity how many people would refuse to have a D changed to an A on their transcript but at least to me it goes beyond that After hearing the story most people s reaction is well that just proves he s

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  • Astronaut John W. Young - My Views on John Young Flying Again
    doesn t necessarily mean that someone is ready for a gold watch sometimes it means that they re more valuable than they ve ever been People argue that NASA needs to generate more public interest if they ever hope to progress with space exploration Who would be better at resurrecting the excitement of the Apollo days than John Young I m just an ol out of work lunar geologist and I wanna go back John Young Mars Society Convention August 14 1998 He brings believability to the idea of humans exploring other worlds because he has walked on another world He brings credibility because the public knows that his words and actions are driven not by politics and corporate pressures but by a genuine belief in the space program and what it can accomplish for the good of humans all over the world He provides a sense of reach ability a belief that other worlds and the stars can be within our reach Here is someone who has repeatedly taken it one step further from Gemini through the Space Shuttle repeatedly shown that with hard work and perseverance we can accomplish anything we want What better example for today s young people And he brings the excitement he lives the excitement and it s infectious If you don t believe me just go to one of his talks Watch the crowd as he speaks Hang around afterwards and listen to the comments by the people as they leave It doesn t have to be a scientific space oriented crowd Capt Young can turn someone with little to no interest in science into a space program believer in 30 minutes So if NASA needs some good PR well his name is John Young I was working on an exhibition of Moon

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  • Astronaut John W. Young - Other Opinions and Tributes to Astronaut John Young
    must congratulate you for an outstanding job marvelous excellent research John Young always has been my astronaut hero and I like to read more about his life and his contributions to space flight I remember when I was a kid watching on TV the landing of STS 1 and telling my friends that the commander of that mission went to the moon on AS 16 and this was his 5th flight I was thinking that I know a lot about Young s life but I must tell you that I don t know much after I read your page This is one of the most important tributes to one of the most important human beings that has explored space John Young has been since the beginning of space exploration always collaborating with new ideas new approaches to problems and outstanding leadership I remember the chapter of the book One Small Step by Tim Furniss where Furniss named Young as The Astronaut I feel that he deserved to command the First manned flight to the ISS We need more people like him to start the colonization of the Solar system We need to go back to the moon and I think that without him inside this will be a more difficult job Thank you for honoring my greatest hero Ricardo Salamé Páez I first met John Young in 1967 I think he was the hardest working astronaut through three programs Gemini Apollo Shuttle A real class act I was always impressed that he would fly the weather evaluation flights prior to other people s shuttle launches Hard work Harry Conner former Rockwell International engineer I can remember standing out in the backyard with my grandmother when Sputnik had flown over the U S Just seeing it made me wonder what it would be like to be flying through space Although it was a very frightening sight for many people to see this thing flying over OUR country I couldn t help but to be overwhelmed at the sight of this object flying amongst the stars I can also remember my 3rd grade teacher hoarding us into the auditorium to see our first manned flight of Alan Shepard on this tiny black and white television The excitement that I had then as a child is still present in me almost forty years later And I just have to thank you for making this website available for the world to see Although NASA provides a site for space buffs to read about the biographies of all of the astronauts that have flown they certainly don t come anywhere close to the feeling I got after reading YOUR accounts of John Young the astronaut and John Young the person What a wonderful tribute you have created for a well deserved person Unfortunately working in Washington D C there is very little excitement or support for the space agency Our politicians up on the hill seem to prove this out every year when the budget is being debated What we really need is another president like Kennedy and Johnson in office to reinvigorate our space policy for the present and the future We need a vision for our future in space to be put in motion by the very people who first took us there the likes of John Young and the other pioneering astronauts before they are no longer with us Phil Krajecki He s my hero too one of the most revealing moments in the history of flight was the moment when Young circled the shuttle on the ground at Edwards pounding his fists in the air unable to control his exhilaration For a man who had lived his life as a pilot a man for whom FLYING was everything this was the feeling of knowing that finally after basically just RIDING and TWEAKING THRUSTERS on rockets he had actually FLOWN a craft through space and to a safe and secure landing This was the first true space PILOT s mission for every pilot on earth he had just connected flying with space Michael Buxbaum John Young is one of my favorite people of all time too I first met him at the opening of Space Center Houston He was playing with one of the shuttle landing simulators that the public can try Of course he landed it right on the money when nobody else could come close Richard Orloff author of Apollo by the Numbers John Young at Grand Opening of Space Center Houston 10 16 92 Photos courtesy of Richard Orloff John Young is my hero as well As a boy I was completely absorbed in the space program particularly the last three Apollo missions Commanding the shuttle missions firmly establishes him as the most experienced persistent and competent astronaut ever and it will be quite a while before anyone supercedes his accomplishments T Helgason Young is my favorite too I regard him as the last of the REAL astronauts I have had the great pleasure of meeting him on a couple of occasions A very interesting personality with a great sense of humor JL Pickering I also consider him my hero and admire him a great deal let s get him back into space Ann Nelson I was privileged to live in Brown Dorm at Georgia Tech as a neighbor of John in 1948 49 Everything about him was extraordinary from his arrival at the dorm on a very small motorcycle to his ability to soak up formulae and facts like a sponge I count it a privilege to have known him and and do consider him to be a national hero Dick Robinson Splendid page dedicated to a man who really deserves the name hero Gemini Apollo Shuttle a remarkable career simple competence indeed and the sort of professionalism which contrasts with the public s apparent view of space science risky gung ho and wasteful I agree that his is the image to promote to gain public confidence in

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  • Astronaut John W. Young - The Big Picture, an essay written by John Young
    recorded history the Little Ice Age was centered on solar activity when sunspots declined and the sun was quiet for about 70 years Sunspots declined in 1615 and reached an all time low in 1670 What Can We Do The amazing fact is that purely by accident all the things that we must do to put humans permanently on the Moon Mars and suitable Earth crossing asteroids are exactly the kinds of things we will need to do to save lives on Earth and our civilization when bad event s occur What Are We Doing We know that to live and work on the Moon or Mars we will require the following 1 Reliable Uninterruptable Power We can readily achieve this with the Space Power Reactor which for 5 Curries of launch radiation will supply 750 kWh reliably on the Moon or Mars Why does not the United States require that our electric power to be reliable and uninterruptible as a matter of national security and national survival Lives are lost every year when electric power fails On a high priority Space Power Reactor development must be supported and accelerated with upgraded power capabilities 2 Terraforming To survive on the Moon and Mars we must grow our own food in totally closed loop systems We continue to demonstrate how to do this A National Geographic article recently reported that 80 bushels of wheat an acre is a great crop Under IR light emitting diodes to avoid heat our wheat produces 600 bushels an acre in 75 days And Dr Bugbee has proposed a new higher production wheat with shorter growing times Our engineering development demonstrations of our Terraforming ability should be supported and accelerated on a high priority basis 3 Closed Loop Environments Humans on other places in the solar system will recycle everything they eat drink and breathe The recent 90 day tests at JSC and the future Bioplex are demonstrating these capabilities These closed loop systems will be controlled by sophisticated computer software with provisions for manual maintenance and repair The Bioplex facility should be accelerated on a high priority basis 4 Transportation To go to Mars fast heavy lift will be required It is possible to prove out the better and cheaper but slower methods of transportation From the standpoint of human radiation fast heavy lift will be far better Magnum Booster development and Dr Franklin Chang Diaz s rocket engine developments should be accelerated on a high priority to transport people and hardware to these places 5 Propellant Production on the Other Satellites and Planets To minimize the weight requirements to Mars we will develop automatic factories that produce and load rocket propellant into the return rockets The automatic production of propellants using the materials on Earth crossing asteroids will be very helpful in allowing people to work successfully on Earth crossing asteroids Needless to say if an Earth crossing asteroid has Earth s name on it moving the asteroid out of a collision orbit with

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  • Astronaut John W. Young - Articles & Interviews
    by Mike Toner The Atlanta Journal Constitution 04 18 03 John Young s shuttle secret by Jeff Foust The Space Review 04 14 03 Pioneer Astronaut Speaks at SHSU by Byron Hays The Huntsville Item 10 01 John Young has had moondust under his fingernails by Billy Watkins The Clarion Ledger 06 99 Home Biography Missions Appearances Bibliography Site Map Critique this site Other Astros John W Young American International

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  • Astronaut John W. Young - John Young Related Links
    Home Page http homepage tinet ie sroden people people htm John W Young By Nicholi Zapara http www dsusd k12 ca us schools washington explorer Young htm Amusing Anecdotes Mission Control http musclememory com fogarty anec mcc html John Young Astronaut http spaceboy nasda go jp Db Kaihatu Astronauts Astronauts E Young e html John W Young http www allstar fiu edu aero young htm John Young http www waf

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  • John W. Young - photos
    Map Critique this site NASA Photo ID JSCIL 388A Date taken 2002 Portrait of John Young Source Johnson Space Center If directed to this page by a search engine Click

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  • Astronaut John W. Young - Biography
    Affecting Food article written by Capt Young 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 Stafford Young Cernan NASA newspaper story naming Apollo 10 crew 1969 1970 1971 Apollo 16 Crews NASA newspaper story naming the Apollo 16 crew Yuri Gagarin tribute tribute to Yuri Gagarin prepared by Capt Young 1972 1973 1977 Young Assigned Acting NASA newspaper story naming Capt Young as Acting Chief of Astronauts 1978 1980 Flight Crews Selected NASA newspaper story naming flight crews for shuttle test flights 1981 1982 Crews Announced for NASA newspaper story naming STS 9 crew 1983 1984 1985 1990 Chief Astronaut John NASA newspaper story naming Capt Young as Special Assistant to Center Director 1991 1995 A letter concering the SSC a letter written by Capt Young in support of the SSC 1996 2000 Young Becomes JSC NASA newspaper story naming Capt Young as Associate Director Technical 2001 2002 Present Organizations organizations that Capt Young is was a member honorary member of Flight Statistics Capt Young s current flight stats Medal of Honor Capt Young s receipt of the Congressional Space Medal of Honor GA Tech Awards awards received from the Georgia Institute of Technology Other Awards miscellaneous awards received by Capt Young Navy Awards Capt Young s awards for service in the US Navy Halls of Fame Halls of Fame that Capt Young has been inducted into Astronaut Joins Houston Houston Chronicle story covering Houston Hall of Fame induction Aviation Awards Capt Young s aviation related non NASA awards Apollo Astronauts Get NASA newspaper story covering receipt of FAI awards Abbey to Receive NASA newspaper story covering Capt Young s receipt of the Corona Award Young Receives Nolen NASA newspaper story naming Capt Young receipt of the Lloyd Nolen Lifetime Achievement Award Young Accepts National NASA newspaper story covering Capt Young s receipt of the National Space Trophy NASA Awards NASA Awards that Capt Young has received Missions information about the Gemini Apollo and shuttle programs and links to Capt Young s missions Gemini 3 pages covering the Gemini 3 mission Links links related to Gemini 3 Gemini 10 pages covering the Gemini 10 mission Rendezvous EVA NASA newspaper story Gemini 10 Cape NASA newspaper story Gemini 10 Topples NASA newspaper story Gemini X Flawlessly NASA newspaper story Links links related to Gemini 10 Apollo 10 pages covering the Apollo 10 mission Apollo X May NASA newspaper story Apollo X Rehearses NASA newspaper story Apollo X to Sort NASA newspaper story Apollo X Go NASA newspaper story Apollo 10 Plans NASA newspaper story Color TV NASA newspaper story Apollo X May NASA newspaper story Apollo 10 Splashes NASA newspaper story Apollo 10 Returned NASA newspaper story Links links related to Apollo 10 Apollo 16 pages covering the Apollo 16 mission Apollo 16 Crew NASA newspaper story Young Duke Utilize NASA newspaper story Apollo 16 Crew NASA newspaper story Apollo 16 Event NASA newspaper story Apollo 16 Home NASA newspaper story Apollo 16 Crew NASA newspaper story Links links related to Apollo 16 STS

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