John Young served 42 years as an active NASA astronaut, longer than any other, making 6 space flights. In 1965, Young flew on the first manned Gemini mission then commanded another mission the next year. He is 1 of only 3 people to go to the Moon twice. In 1969, he was first to orbit the Moon alone during Apollo 10 then became the 9th person to walk on the Moon during Apollo 16. In 1981, he commanded the first launch of the Space Shuttle (STS-1) then again in 1986 (STS-9).
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|| The “New Nine.” Pilots recruited to fly in the Gemini program. From upper right, in clockwise order: Frank Borman, John Young, Tom Stafford, Pete Conrad, Jim McDivitt, Jim Lovell, Elliot See, Ed White, Neil Armstrong. Credit: NASA via Retro Space Images