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"Heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences."

HERO: A man admired for his achievements and noble qualities

The term "hero" has a different meaning for everyone. Some people choose professional athletes as heroes; other people choose entertainers. While there are entertainers and sports figures that I admire, I don't classify them as heroes. I reserve the word "hero" for someone who has done something of benefit to the human race and who isn't after personal gain - someone who is just doing their job and in the process has touched us all. One person who fits my definition of the word "hero" is John Young.

There is an adage that says "never meet your heroes." I can honestly say that in the case of John Young, I was never disappointed.
"John Young is my hero. There is not anyone that will be able to surpass what John Young has been able to achieve."
- Jerry Ross, NASA astronaut, shortly before his 7th flight

Young collage

Young collage

Safety poster published in 2001 - 
      distributed at the STS-1 20th anniversary celebration at JSC
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