John Young

1930 - 2018

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John Watts Young (September 24, 1930 – January 5, 2018) was an American astronaut, naval officer and aviator, test pilot, and aeronautical engineer. He became the ninth person to walk on the Moon as commander of the Apollo 16 mission in 1972. He flew on four different classes of spacecraft: Gemini, the Apollo command and service module, the Apollo Lunar Module and the Space Shuttle. Before becoming an astronaut, Young received his Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and joined the U.S. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Young has received more than 60,987 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). John Young is the 15th most popular astronaut (down from 13th in 2019), the 1,059th most popular biography from United States (down from 720th in 2019) and the 9th most popular American Astronaut.

John Young is most famous for being the ninth person to walk on the moon and the first person to fly six missions in space.

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Among astronauts, John Young ranks 15 out of 524Before him are Alexei Leonov, Alan Shepard, John Glenn, Gherman Titov, Dennis Tito, and Jim Lovell. After him are Sigmund Jähn, David Scott, Harrison Schmitt, Andriyan Nikolayev, Edgar Mitchell, and Svetlana Savitskaya.

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Among people born in 1930, John Young ranks 61Before him are Carlos Hugo, Duke of Parma, Robert Aumann, Joanne Woodward, Jean Rochefort, Buck Henry, and Johan Galtung. After him are Derek Walcott, Reinhard Selten, Akira Suzuki, Jesús Franco, Stanley Miller, and Gérard Genette. Among people deceased in 2018, John Young ranks 50Before him are Claude Lanzmann, Jamal Khashoggi, Whitey Bulger, Günter Blobel, Burton Richter, and Reynaldo Bignone. After him are R. Lee Ermey, Tsukasa Hosaka, Jean-Louis Tauran, Gérard Genette, Milena Dravić, and Joe Jackson.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, John Young ranks 1,059 out of 15,968Before him are Clyde Drexler (1962), Val Logsdon Fitch (1923), Burton Richter (1931), James Brolin (1940), George Akerlof (1940), and Allen Dulles (1893). After him are James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834), Winona Ryder (1971), Gerald Edelman (1929), Lyonel Feininger (1871), Danny Aiello (1933), and R. Lee Ermey (1944).

Among ASTRONAUTS In United States

Among astronauts born in United States, John Young ranks 9Before him are Gene Cernan (1934), Pete Conrad (1930), Alan Shepard (1923), John Glenn (1921), Dennis Tito (1940), and Jim Lovell (1928). After him are David Scott (1932), Harrison Schmitt (1935), Edgar Mitchell (1930), Ed White (1930), James Irwin (1930), and Fred Haise (1933).