Astronaut John Young has died at 87 years old, according to NASA.
Young was selected to be an astronaut in 1962. He was the first person to fly in space six times from earth, and seven times counting his lunar liftoff in the Gemini, Apollo & Space Shuttle programs.
In his career at NASA, he "flew twice to the Moon, walked on its surface and flew the first Space Shuttle mission."
We're saddened by the loss of astronaut John Young, who was 87. Young flew twice to the Moon, walked on its surface & flew the first Space Shuttle mission. He went to space six times in the Gemini, Apollo & Space Shuttle programs. pic.twitter.com/l4nSwUCMIq— NASA (@NASA) January 6, 2018
In total, he logged more than 25,00 hours flying time.
Young served in many capacities at NASA including: Chief of the Space Shuttle Branch, Chief of the Astronaut Office, Technical Associate Director and more.
He retired from NASA in December 2004. For more information about his career, click here.