Some Other Opinions & Tributes
"John Young is an American treasure."
"Out-bloody-standing!!! You've done a marvelous site on a spectacular
person! Thanks for the effort - thanks to him for the dedication,
integrity & love he has given to the space program for 40+
"Thoroughly enthusiastic from the early Gemini right into the shuttle
program, the natural born astronaut."
- Roland Suhr, Germany
"I don't care how many Shuttle flights anyone else does they will never
the kind of experience Young has aquired. He is simply the man. No
about that. John Young will always be my favorite astronaut out of the
whole group thats
ever been selected since day one. You just gotta love a guy who stayed
it all the way from Gemini through the first flights of the Space
- Patrick Scott Owen, North Carolina State University
"I enjoyed your comments about John Young. I had the privilage of
serving in VF-103 with him back in the 50's. He was always a first
class pilot and
a gentleman. Truly an American hero for our Space Program.. Thanks
- Dale Waba, Madison, SD Lake
"While it was cool to see a Mercury astronaut (Glenn on shuttle) fly in
my lifetime and actually remember it (I was born in 1967 and missed all
of Mercury and Gemini, and barely remember Apollo), I always felt that
getting Young back up would be a PR bonanza for NASA.
Young's flight wouldn't have the sexiness of Glenn's, but for a
money-hungry NASA it would be a great 2nd act. Can you imagine the
story of an astronaut that has been active for 40 years, walked on the
Moon, and flown every spacecraft except Mercury, going back up and
building the ISS or repairing Hubble?
Glenn's flight taught our ignorant and jaded public about Mercury and
the "Right Stuff." Young's flight would educate then about Gemini and
the fact that there were 9 lunar flights and not just 2 (Apollo 11
Medically speaking his flight would do more to advance science than
Glenn's because NASA has a much more detailed history on Young,
although we know that had little to do with sending Glenn back up.
If anyone has earned his seat, it's John Young. While everybody else is
retired and making zillions from their Apollo-era service, Young still
goes to work everyday as a humble astronaut intent on advancing the
cause of space exploration, knowing that politics will probably prevent
him from ever going back up. He has earned the hero title and deserves
to fly again."
- John M. Burton, Tranquillity
"I am a fan of the link John Young represents from Gemini to Shuttle,
more than the person himself... Young's amazing career is
I propose that every astronaut who flew was a well trained , courageous
person who performed his assigned duties with the assistance hundreds
of thousands of tradespeople , technicians , designers and managers -
regardless of the individual personalities.
- Martin, Australia
"...'American and *International* Hero' is so right. I’m from
Italy, and he’s been a hero for me since
at 14 I watched Columbia’s glorious lift-off and flawless landing
for the very first time...the whole Space Program is a work of art, and
John Young is one of its
- Paola, Italy
"John Young inspired me to to pursue an aviation career through his
exploits in our nation's space
program. While knowing I could probably never become an astronaut, I
figured flying as an airline
pilot would be the next best thing. I've flown DC-9s, 727s, 737s and am
currently flying an L-1011.
If only Captain Young could realize how many lives he has touched and
inspired by his example. As a
side note, I wrote to Captain Young prior to his flight aboard Apollo
16 wishing him and his crew
good luck. Imagine my surprise when 10 days before the launch I
received a VIP pass from him to
attend the launch of Apollo 16 where he was training to go to the moon
and he found time to read
my letter and invite me to the launch. A classy guy the likes our space
program will probably never
see again. He is at the top of the list of those who count and who have
contributed to the initial
exploration of space. Thanks for everything, Captain Young."
- Alan Fritsche
"John W. Young has been one of my favorites since the early days of the
manned space program
- a very unique man...We know that somewhere in the midst of our
excitement, emotions, and
pride [for the space program] John Young is right there with us. He is
still there, and NASA and the rest of us are
the better because he is. God Speed John W. Young."
- George P. Butler
"I just wanted to let you know my mom went to school
at Princeton Elementary when John Young attended. For years she
career. She had a scrap book where she kept some articles about him.
She showed it
to me when I was a boy. Now, I don't even remember much of what she
told me about him but I remember she
told me he was a good student...John Young is surely 'The Best of the
- Jay Johnson
"Yes, he is truly a hero and a very big one too!!! I have been a great
fan of John Young for the last 11 years and one of my biggest hopes is
to see him fly again..., he deserves to fly again more than any other
astronaut!!!! I repeat: he deserves to fly again!!! - it cannot be said
often enough. What a great salute it could be."
- Kasper W. Andersen
"I just finished visiting your web page. I must congratulate you for an
outstanding job, marvelous, excellent research. John Young always has
my astronaut hero and I like to read more about his life and his
to space flight. I remember when I was a kid watching on TV the landing
of STS-1 and telling my friends that the commander of that mission went
the moon on AS 16 and this was his 5th flight. I was thinking that I
lot about Young's life but I must tell you, that I don´t know
much after I read
your page. This is one of the most important tributes to one of the
important human beings that has explored space. John Young has been
the beginning of space exploration, always collaborating with new
new approaches to problems and outstanding leadership. I remember
the chapter of the book One Small Step by Tim Furniss, where Furniss
Young as "The Astronaut". I feel that he deserved to command the First
manned flight to the ISS. We need more people like him to start the
colonization of the Solar system. We need to go back to the moon and I
that without him inside this will be a more difficult job.
Thank you for honoring my greatest hero."
- Ricardo Salamé Páez
"I first met John Young in 1967...I think he was the hardest working
astronaut through three programs (Gemini,Apollo,Shuttle). A real class
act...I was always impressed that he would fly the weather evaluation
flights prior to other people's shuttle launches. Hard work!"
- Harry Conner, former Rockwell International engineer
"I can remember standing out in the
backyard with my grandmother when Sputnik had flown over the U.S. Just
seeing it made me wonder what it would be like to be flying
through space. Although it was a very frightening sight for many people
to see this thing flying over OUR country, I couldn't help but to
be overwhelmed at the sight of this object flying amongst the stars. I
can also remember my 3rd grade teacher hoarding us into the
auditorium to see our first manned flight of Alan Shepard, on this tiny
black and white television. The excitement that I had then, as a child,
is still present in me almost forty years later. And I just have to
thank you for making this website available for the world to see.
NASA provides a site for space-buffs to read about the biographies of
all of the astronauts that have flown, they certainly don't come
anywhere close to the feeling I got after reading YOUR accounts of John
Young the astronaut, and John Young the person. What a
wonderful tribute you have created for a well deserved person.
Unfortunately, working in Washington D.C., there is very little
support for the space agency. Our politicians up on the hill seem to
prove this out every year when the budget is being debated. What we
really need is another president like Kennedy and Johnson in office, to
reinvigorate our space policy for the present and the future. We
need a vision for our future in space to be put in motion by the very
people who first took us there, the likes of John Young and the other
pioneering astronauts, before they are no longer with us. "
- Phil Krajecki
"He's my hero too...one of the most revealing moments in the history of
flight was the moment when Young circled the shuttle on the ground at
Edwards, pounding his fists in the air, unable to control his
exhilaration. For a man who had lived his life as a pilot, a man for
whom FLYING was everything, this was the feeling of knowing that
finally, after basically just RIDING and TWEAKING THRUSTERS on rockets,
he had actually FLOWN a craft through space and to a safe and secure
landing. This was the first true space PILOT's mission...for every
pilot on earth, he had just connected flying with space."
- Michael Buxbaum
"John Young is one of my favorite people of all time, too. I first met
him at the opening of Space Center Houston. He was playing with one of
the 'shuttle landing simulators' that the public can try. Of course he
landed it right on the money when nobody else could come close."
- Richard Orloff - author of "Apollo by the
John Young at Grand Opening of Space Center Houston
Photos courtesy of © Richard Orloff
"John Young is my hero as well. As a boy, I was completely absorbed in
the space program, particularly the last three Apollo missions.
shuttle missions firmly establishes him as the most experienced,
persistent and competent astronaut ever (and it will be quite a while
before anyone supercedes his accomplishments)."
- T. Helgason
"Young is my favorite too. I regard him as the last of the REAL
astronauts. I have had the great pleasure of meeting him on a couple of
occasions. A very interesting personality...with a great sense of
- JL Pickering
"I also consider him my hero and admire him a great deal...let's get
him back into space!"
- Ann Nelson
"I was privileged to live in Brown Dorm at Georgia Tech as a neighbor
of John in 1948-49. Everything about him was extraordinary, from his
arrival at the dorm on a very small motorcycle, to his ability to soak
up formulae and facts like a sponge. I count it a privilege to have
known him and and do consider him to be a national hero."
- Dick Robinson
"Splendid page dedicated to a man who really deserves the name 'hero'.
Gemini, Apollo, Shuttle - a remarkable career: simple competence,
indeed, and the sort of professionalism which contrasts with the
public's apparent view of space science -- risky, gung-ho and wasteful.
I agree that his is the image to promote to gain public confidence in
I also appreciate the 'international hero' bit: as a European, I have
to make do with US space heroes in fact and fiction. JWY is one for the
- Martyn Horner
"After perusing this site it is easy to understand why John Young
would be your hero. He was completely unkown to me before, but you made
this tribute interesting as well as educational- and I thank you. He
to be a 'down-to-earth' (bad pun intended) fellow."
"You picked a very unique person whose space career is almost as long
as the manned space flight program....Instead of just leaving the space
program and earning millions that he could have easily gotten for
book/movie/tv rights/private industry he has stayed with NASA and NASA
is probably better for it...When I look at astronauts, I really admire
John Young and Story Musgrave because of their work ethic and
dedication to the job...Enough can't be said for John Young. From what
I've seen and read I think he can handle another space flight."
- Marvin Wickham
Young has been one of my greatest heros for many years. I have often
book or movie should be considered about his incredible journeys in
easiest way for me to summarize my feelings about John Young is that he
"Astronaut's Astronaut". This guy has flown two Gemini, two Apollo
stroll on the moon), and two shuttles...he sure...continues to earn
another ride as a fully qualified
- Chris Larson
"The impact this man has had has just become obvious to me!!!
[I] have just watched about 24 hrs. of NASA footage on
the US space program non-stop. I am not a child; I am 34 years old
today and just happened to have a collection of tapes. I've never fully
realized what John W. Young has done...he has basically been there
throughout the entire space program at an elite operational level. He
was in Earth's orbit prior to my birth and was the first Shuttle
commander. This man should be enshrined with the likes of Nelson and
Washington. I truly hope this man has been given the honours he is due,
that all know of his rightful place amongst history's great unsung
giants. Watching his exploits today has really given me a boost.
J. W. Young...my sincere regards and respect."
- Ron Saueracker. SGT, Royal Canadian Artillery, rtd.
"John Young certainly epitomizes the "Right Stuff"! Great people have
that quality about them
to inspire us to greater things."
- Dave Hartzell
"I definitely agree with your definition of hero. I enjoyed going
your site and learning about John Young, a true American Hero.
Unfortunately, I had never heard the name before. I believe this shows
lackluster commitment we have to American History. I am glad you have
provided me with the information and resources to learn more."
- David Hoover
"As an 8 year old kid in 1965
I watched the liftoff of the Molly Brown with awe and Gus Grissom and
Young instantly became my heroes. Almost 35 years later they are still
my number 1 heroes."
- Mark Costa
"You Americans look on John Young as a national hero. Well, from an
perspective, I look on
as an international hero and someone to be admired for his achievements
interested in space,
of nationality. He's someone the world can admire, therefore I can
why America is so proud of
Joe, from Australia
"It was suggested in a letter to Florida Today that [John Young] should
'pay' for a
seat on the shuttle. The question of whether or not be should have to
'pay' for a seat on a shuttle launch appears to be a political question
posed by people inclined to the right of our political system. Just
about every shuttle launch has an extra seat that is generally occupied
by someone not needed, including congressmen...we have even lost a
in that seat. Politics aside, I believe that men like John Young and
John Glenn paid for this extra seat a long time ago. I believe that if
John Young wanted to fly the shuttle, then NASA should provide that
extra seat for him."
- Joe Faulds
"With the technology advancement
happening so fast I feel that sometimes we forget to stop and give
to the people that have gone before us and made this all possible...
[John Young] is a hero in my eyes and deserves the respect he has
...I just wanted to let you know that there are still some of us
young people that still honor and respect those leaders that have gone
before us and made the world what it is today."
- CTR2 Jason Mullenix
Rob and Craig with Capt. Young
"...it was simply an honor to meet a man who is such a
vital piece of our nation's
history with the space program."
- Craig Harrison
"I concur with your admiration of John Young. He has accomplished
unsung heroics in his time, but none so great as when he and Crip
in STS-1, into a truly unknown and unproven world of space exploration.
And, they did it quite admirably, too! All our astronauts are true
and John is another fine example of American "can do" pioneering
salute him, and I salute you for recognizing his accomplishments which
been quietly overlooked by a public that only gets interested when
something tragic occurs."
- Marc W. McCord