John Young, a legendary US astronaut, died of complications from pneumonia on Friday, NASA announced Saturday. He was 87. He lived in a Houston suburb just minutes from the NASA Space Center.
“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,” NASA tweeted. He once held the world record for total time spent in space, NASA said.
Young was the only astronaut to have flown into space six times. He orbited the moon and even walked on its craggy surface. “NASA and the world have lost a pioneer,” agency administrator Robert Lightfoot said in a statement. “We will stand on his shoulders as we look toward the next human frontier.”