Legendary astronaut John Young has died.
The only astronaut to fly Gemini, Apollo, and the Space Shuttle was 87. Young walked on the Moon on Apollo 16 and commanded the first mission of the Space Shuttle. He was head of NASA's Astronaut Office and held many other titles and responsibilities including NASA Associate Director (Technical). He was a Navy captain and test pilot with 15,000+ hours in high-performance aircraft. He retired in 2004 after a military/aerospace/NASA career stretching back 52 years.
"A dreamer born is a hero bred / on Earth and up in heaven." - Mary Chapin Carpenter