Thursday, Jul. 16, 2009

John Young

Commander, Apollo 16

Age: 78

Life as an astronaut: Landed in the moon's Descartes highlands; flew in space a total of six times, including orbiting the moon aboard Apollo 10, two Earth orbital trips aboard Gemini 3 and 10 and two shuttle missions

Life as a civilian: Nearly a NASA lifer; remained a major force in the agency in numerous capacities until his retirement in 2004