John Young, a legendary US astronaut who went into space six times, orbited the moon and then walked on its craggy surface, has died.
He was 87 and died late on 5 of January of complications from pneumonia, the space agency said.He lived in a Houston suburb just minutes from the NASA Space Center.
“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.”
Young was a man of many firsts: the only astronaut to fly in the Gemini, Apollo and space shuttle programs; the first to command a shuttle flight; and the first to fly into space six times.
He once held the world record for total time spent in space, NASA said.
Rest In Peace!