SPECIAL HONORS: Awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor (1981), 4 NASA Distinguished Service Medals, NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal (1992), NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal (1987), NASA Outstanding Achievement Medal (1994), Navy Astronaut Wings (1965), 2 Navy Distinguished Service Medals, 3 Navy Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Georgia Tech Distinguished Young Alumni Award (1965), Distinguished Service Alumni Award (1972), the Exceptional Engineering Achievement Award (1985), the Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni (1994), and the American Astronautical Society Space Flight Award (1993), Distinguished Executive Award (1998), Rotary National Space Achievement Award (2000). He is the first person to fly in space six times from earth, and seven times counting his lunar liftoff.
In April 1972, aboard Apollo 16, Young became the ninth member of the exclusive club of moon walkers.
He flew into space twice during Nasa's Gemini programme in the mid-1960s, twice on the Apollo lunar missions and twice on space shuttles in the 1980s. A memo he had sent three weeks earlier, leaked to the media after the tragedy, criticised Nasa for compromising protection to meet launch schedules. Young had been due to command a 1986 flight that was cancelled after the explosion of the shuttle Challenger earlier that year. His hard scrutiny continued well past shuttle Columbia's disintegration during re-entry in 2003. Young was an astronaut's astronaut. "You want to be right".
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Young joined Nasa in 1962. He spent 835 hours in space, NASA said.
He and Grissom had spoken about faulty wiring in an early model of the Apollo spacecraft but had not brought their concerns to NASA authorities, for fear of losing their jobs. Mr. Young in a letter, charging him with taking a "cheap shot" at NASA and behaving in an "irresponsible, undisciplined and unprofessional manner".
"The Moon is a very nice place", he had said.
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"I can assure you if we had not had that fire and rebuilt the command module. we could not have done the Apollo programme successfully", he said in 2007. He was part of the Apollo 10 crew that orbited the moon in May 1969 in preparation for the first landing later that year. He commanded Apollo 16 three years later, the next-to-last manned lunar voyage, and walked on the moon. He was best known as the commander of the first Space Shuttle mission, taking Columbia into orbit in 1981.
"Anybody who ever flew in space admired John", said Crippen, a close friend who last spoke to him a few months ago.
He commanded the Columbia again in 1983, his final journey into the cosmos. He showed us the space shuttle trainer in Building 9, were astronauts learn how to fly the orbiter. He took pictures of the nose-diving crew cabin.
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"The technical truth always has to be told, and telling it regardless of the consequences was one of my personality traits that people who knew me well learned to put up with", Young wrote in Forever Young, his 2012 autobiography.