After being selected in September 1962 as an astronaut, John Young flew on Gemini 3, Gemini 10, Apollo 10, Apollo 16, the first flight of the Space Shuttle (STS-1), and was the Spacecraft Commander of STS-9.
Young was on five backup space flight crews including: Gemini 6, the second Apollo mission, Apollo 7, Apollo 13, and Apollo 17.
Young has had six space flights totaling 835 hours.
On December 31, 2004, John Young retired from NASA.
John Young is the first person to fly in space six times from earth, and seven times counting his lunar liftoff.
John W. Young
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S69-34485 (18 May 1969) — Astronaut John W. Young, Apollo 10 command module pilot, adjusts strap on his communications cap during suiting up operations for the lunar orbit mission. Minutes later astronauts Young; Thomas P. Stafford, commander; and Eugene A. Cernan, lunar module pilot, rode a transfer van from the Kennedy Space Center’s Manned Spacecraft Operations Building over to Pad B, Launch Complex 39, where their spacecraft awaited them. Liftoff was at 12:49 p.m. (EDT), May 18, 1969.