Astronaut John W. Young took this picture during the second orbit of the Gemini-Titan 3 three-orbit mission as the spacecraft "Molly Brown" passed over Northern Mexico at an altitude of 90 miles. [4100 x 4100]
The only thing John Young did not fly into space was the old Mercury capsule. One of the true unsung astronauts of the space program. He was the commander of the first Space Shuttle mission and walked on the moon on Apollo 16
a young John Young. photo credit State Archives of Florida, Florida memory.
John Young NASA Astronaut Apollo 16 Moonwalker Autopen Signed 8x10 Photo Litho
John Young NASA Astronaut Apollo 16 Moonwalker Autopen Signed 8x10 Photo Litho 2
Launch- April 16, 1972 Landing- April 27, 1972 Astronauts- John W. Young, Charles M. Duke Jr. and Thomas K. Mattingly II Apollo 16 had a couple display malfunctions as well as some telemetry problems that forced the mission to be shortened by one day. However the astronauts were able to collect 209 pounds of moon rocks and drove 16.6 miles in the rover. www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/missions/apollo16.html#...
John Young served 42 years as an active NASA astronaut, longer than any other, making 6 space flights. In 1965, Young flew on the first manned Gemini mission then commanded another mission the next year. He is 1 of only 3 people to go to the Moon twice. In 1969, he was first to orbit the Moon alone during Apollo 10 then became the 9th person to walk on the Moon during Apollo 16. In 1981, he commanded the first launch of the Space Shuttle (STS-1) then again in 1986 (STS-9).