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"We're really not too far - the human race isn't - from going to the stars, and I'm mighty proud to be part of it."
- John Young
"Your brave adventure has opened a new era in space travel...You put new worlds within closer reach and more knowledge within our grasp."
- President Ronald Reagan
John W. Young and Robert L. Crippen
"The real return on Apollo lies in the future - beyond the more difficult missions of flights 15, 16, and 17. It is in Skylab, reusable space shuttles and sophisticated space stations to come. It is in the complex monitoring of the earth and its resources from space. It is in the co-operation and internationalization of space programs that appear to be developing - hopefully to replace competition. Here is the payoff."
- Milwaukee Journal editorial after Apollo 14, 2-10-71
During a 1977 visit to Gemini Elementary in Melbourne Beach, Florida, Young told the students to come watch the Shuttle launch:
"I want you all to come and watch, because I hope to get a ride on that rascal."
- TODAY, 11-14-77
Backup Crew: Joseph H. EngleRichard H. Truly Med Lg
Prime and backup crews in classroom
"While John Young is a quiet, matter-of-fact, intense person, Crippen is almost the exact opposite."
- U.S. Congressman Bill Nelson, "Mission", pg 209
Young and Crippen in the simulator
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