Astronaut John Young has died at age 87

Astronaut John Young mans the commander’s station in the Columbia space shuttle during the first shuttle mission in April 1981. 

Astronaut John Young mans the commander’s station in the Columbia space shuttle during the first shuttle mission in April 1981. 

Photo: ROBERT CRIPPEN

Space shuttle mission STS-1 astronauts John Young, at microphone, and Robert Crippen waving from podium at Ellington AFB ceremonies for their return to Houston following their space shuttle landing at Edwards AFB in California in 1981.

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Space shuttle mission STS-1 astronauts John Young, at microphone, and Robert Crippen waving from podium at Ellington AFB ceremonies for their return to Houston following their space shuttle landing at Edwards

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Photo: Timothy Bullard, HC Staff

American astronaut Eugene Cernan (in blue), Thomas Stafford (center, shirtless), and John Young (right) clown about with their families during a barbeque outside Young’s home, Houston, Texas, 1969. The three men were the back-up crew for the Apollo 7 mission. (Photo by Ralph Morse/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

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American astronaut Eugene Cernan (in blue), Thomas Stafford (center, shirtless), and John Young (right) clown about with their families during a barbeque outside Young’s home, Houston, Texas, 1969. The three

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Photo: Ralph Morse/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

The astronauts who formed the crews of STS-1, the first space shuttle mission, and STS-135, the final shuttle mission, pose for a group photo at the Johnson Space Center on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, in Houston. The are, from left, Doug Hurley, STS-135 pilot, John Young, STS-1 commander, Robert Crippen, STS-1 pilot, with STS-135 commander Chris Ferguson, mission specialist Sandy Magnus and mission specialist NASA astronaut Rex Walheim. ( Smiley N. Pool / Houston Chronicle )

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The astronauts who formed the crews of STS-1, the first space shuttle mission, and STS-135, the final shuttle mission, pose for a group photo at the Johnson Space Center on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, in Houston.

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Photo: Smiley N. Pool, Staff

PHOTOS: Early astronauts at home with wither families in Houston

American NASA astronaut Eugene Cernan crouches down to hug his daughter, Tracy. The pair were at a March 1969 barbecue at the Houston home of fellow astronaut Jim Young.

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PHOTOS: Early astronauts at home with wither families in Houston

American NASA astronaut Eugene Cernan crouches down to hug his daughter, Tracy. The pair were at a March 1969 barbecue at the Houston home of

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Photo: Ralph Morse, Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

Astronaut Gordon Cooper sits with his wife Trudy and daughters Jan and Cam, before dinner on patio at home.

Astronaut Gordon Cooper sits with his wife Trudy and daughters Jan and Cam, before dinner on patio at home.

Photo: Ralph Morse, Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

Astronaut, Walter M. Schirra swims at home with his children.

Astronaut, Walter M. Schirra swims at home with his children.

Photo: Leonard McCombe, Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

American astronaut Neil Armstrong lights a cigar, in Houston in 1969.

American astronaut Neil Armstrong lights a cigar, in Houston in 1969.

Photo: Ralph Morse, Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

American astronaut Eugene Cernan (in blue), Thomas Stafford (center, shirtless), and John Young (right) clown about with their families during a barbecue outside Young’s home in Houston in 1969. The three men were the back-up crew for the Apollo 7 mission.

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American astronaut Eugene Cernan (in blue), Thomas Stafford (center, shirtless), and John Young (right) clown about with their families during a barbecue outside Young’s home in Houston in 1969. The three men

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Photo: Ralph Morse, Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

Astronaut Leroy G. Cooper and his wife Trudy take a spin in their private airplane.

Astronaut Leroy G. Cooper and his wife Trudy take a spin in their private airplane.

Photo: Ralph Morse, Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

American astronauts, from left, Thomas Stafford, John Young, and Eugene Cernan share a laugh during a barbecue outside Young’s home in Houston in 1969. The three men were the back-up crew for the Apollo 7 mission.

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American astronauts, from left, Thomas Stafford, John Young, and Eugene Cernan share a laugh during a barbecue outside Young’s home in Houston in 1969. The three men were the back-up crew for the Apollo 7

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Photo: Ralph Morse, Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

American astronaut Eugene Cernan and his wife, Barbara, relax beside a swimming pool during a barbecue at fellow astronaut John Young’s home in Houston in 1968.

American astronaut Eugene Cernan and his wife, Barbara, relax beside a swimming pool during a barbecue at fellow astronaut John Young’s home in Houston in 1968.

Photo: Ralph Morse, Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

Astronaut Charles ‘Pete’ Conrad Jr. is pictured after a Gemini flight.

Astronaut Charles ‘Pete’ Conrad Jr. is pictured after a Gemini flight.

Photo: Donald Uhrbrock, Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

Astronaut’s wife Sue Borman (second from left), cheers here husband, Frank’s return from space

Astronaut’s wife Sue Borman (second from left), cheers here husband, Frank’s return from space

Photo: Donald Uhrbrock, Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

Astronaut Gordon Cooper helps his daughters plant a vegetable garden.

Astronaut Gordon Cooper helps his daughters plant a vegetable garden.

Photo: Ralph Morse, Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

Astronaut Leroy G. Cooper skis on a lake near Houston upon return from successful space flight.

Astronaut Leroy G. Cooper skis on a lake near Houston upon return from successful space flight.

Photo: Ralph Morse, Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

Astronaut, Walter M. Schirra (second from right), is pictured at home with his family after successful space flight.

Astronaut, Walter M. Schirra (second from right), is pictured at home with his family after successful space flight.

Photo: Leonard McCombe, Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

Astronaut Jim Lovell with his son Jay, 10, inspects an old bassinet they have just given a coat of paint in preparation of his expectant wife’s baby while he is gone on Gemini 7 space flight.

Astronaut Jim Lovell with his son Jay, 10, inspects an old bassinet they have just given a coat of paint in preparation of his expectant wife’s baby while he is gone on Gemini 7 space flight.

Photo: Ralph Morse, Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

Astronaut Gordon Cooper and wife Trudy watch their daughter Jan ride at stable.

Astronaut Gordon Cooper and wife Trudy watch their daughter Jan ride at stable.

Photo: Ralph Morse, Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

Astronaut James A. Lovell is pictured with his with wife and newborn son in the hospital.

Astronaut James A. Lovell is pictured with his with wife and newborn son in the hospital.

Photo: Donald Uhrbrock, Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

Astronauts James A. Lovell, Jr. (third from left) and Frank Borman greet their families upon arriving after their space flight.

Astronauts James A. Lovell, Jr. (third from left) and Frank Borman greet their families upon arriving after their space flight.

Photo: Donald Uhrbrock, Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

Marilyn Lovell sits with her husband, astronaut Jim Lovell, at the kitchen counter of their home in Houston, November 1965.

Marilyn Lovell sits with her husband, astronaut Jim Lovell, at the kitchen counter of their home in Houston, November 1965.

Photo: Ralph Morse, Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

American astronaut Jim Lovell sits on a couch in his home with his son James III (Jay) and pregnant wife Marilyn in Houston, November 1965.

American astronaut Jim Lovell sits on a couch in his home with his son James III (Jay) and pregnant wife Marilyn in Houston, November 1965.

Photo: Ralph Morse, Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

American astronaut Jim Lovell eats a turkey dinner with his family in Houston, November 1965. Clockwise from left, Lovell, daughters Susan and Barbara, wife Marilyn, and son James (Jay).

American astronaut Jim Lovell eats a turkey dinner with his family in Houston, November 1965. Clockwise from left, Lovell, daughters Susan and Barbara, wife Marilyn, and son James (Jay).

Photo: Ralph Morse, Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

The family of Gemini 7 (Gemini VII) astronaut Jim Lovell sit in a bedroom in Houston and talk on the day of the mission’s 1965 launch. From left, eldest daughter Barbara lies on the bed, younger daughter Susan sits in the foreground, son James (Jay), and pregnant mother Marilyn Lovell.

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The family of Gemini 7 (Gemini VII) astronaut Jim Lovell sit in a bedroom in Houston and talk on the day of the mission’s 1965 launch. From left, eldest daughter Barbara lies on the bed, younger daughter Susan

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An unidentified guest; Jan Armstrong, wife of Neil Armstrong; and astronaut Jim Lovell celebrate the successful splashdown of Apollo 11 crew returning from the moon.

An unidentified guest; Jan Armstrong, wife of Neil Armstrong; and astronaut Jim Lovell celebrate the successful splashdown of Apollo 11 crew returning from the moon.

Photo: John Olson, Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

Astronauts Michael Collins, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin relax in a backyard.

Astronauts Michael Collins, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin relax in a backyard.

Photo: Ralph Morse., Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

Astronaut Neil Armstrong plays with his 10-year old son Mark at home in 1969.

Astronaut Neil Armstrong plays with his 10-year old son Mark at home in 1969.

Photo: Ralph Morse, Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

American astronaut Michael Collins plays catch with his dog in the driveway of his Houston home in 1969.

American astronaut Michael Collins plays catch with his dog in the driveway of his Houston home in 1969.

Photo: Ralph Morse, Time & Life Pictures

American astronaut Michael Collins and his daughter Ann wash and dry dishes in the kitchen of their Houston home in 1969.

American astronaut Michael Collins and his daughter Ann wash and dry dishes in the kitchen of their Houston home in 1969.

Photo: Ralph Morse, Time & Life Pictures

American astronaut Michael Collins and his daughter Ann wash and dry dishes in the kitchen of their Houston home in March 1969.

American astronaut Michael Collins and his daughter Ann wash and dry dishes in the kitchen of their Houston home in March 1969.

Photo: Ralph Morse, Time & Life Pictures

American astronaut Michael Collins and his wife Pat eat breakfast and read the newspaper together, March 1969 in Houston.

American astronaut Michael Collins and his wife Pat eat breakfast and read the newspaper together, March 1969 in Houston.

Photo: Ralph Morse, Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

Joan Aldrin, wife of Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, smiles as she reads a newspaper report on the moon landing.

Joan Aldrin, wife of Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, smiles as she reads a newspaper report on the moon landing.

Photo: Ralph Morse, Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

American astronaut Michael Collins and his wife Pat are pictured at a beach near Houston, March 1969.

American astronaut Michael Collins and his wife Pat are pictured at a beach near Houston, March 1969.

Photo: Ralph Morse, Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

American astronaut Michael Collins plays in the surf with his son Michael Jr. at a beach near Houston, March 1969.

American astronaut Michael Collins plays in the surf with his son Michael Jr. at a beach near Houston, March 1969.

Photo: Ralph Morse, Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

Americn astronaut Michael Collins (right) and his wife Pat bicycle with their children, from left, Kate, Michael Jr., and Ann in Houston, March 1969.

Americn astronaut Michael Collins (right) and his wife Pat bicycle with their children, from left, Kate, Michael Jr., and Ann in Houston, March 1969.

Photo: Ralph Morse, Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

American astronaut Michael Collins and his daughter Kate paint on canvasses in a well-lit room in their home in Houston, March 1969.

American astronaut Michael Collins and his daughter Kate paint on canvasses in a well-lit room in their home in Houston, March 1969.

Photo: Ralph Morse, Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

American astronaut Neil Armstrong watches as his wife Jan plays with the couple’s 10-year-old son Mark in the living room of their Houston home, March 1969.

American astronaut Neil Armstrong watches as his wife Jan plays with the couple’s 10-year-old son Mark in the living room of their Houston home, March 1969.

Photo: Ralph Morse, Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

American astronaut Neil Armstrong, in an apron and hat labelled ‘Chef’ smiles as he uses oven mitts to up hold up a pair of pizzas in his Houston kitchen, March 1969.

American astronaut Neil Armstrong, in an apron and hat labelled ‘Chef’ smiles as he uses oven mitts to up hold up a pair of pizzas in his Houston kitchen, March 1969.

Photo: Ralph Morse, Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

American astronaut Neil Armstrong (left) poses in a Houston swimming pool with his wife Jan and their two sons, Ricky (front left with diving equipment) and Mark, March 1969.

American astronaut Neil Armstrong (left) poses in a Houston swimming pool with his wife Jan and their two sons, Ricky (front left with diving equipment) and Mark, March 1969.

Photo: Ralph Morse, Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

American astronaut Neil Armstrong pitches a baseball to his son Ricky outside their Houston home, March 1969.

American astronaut Neil Armstrong pitches a baseball to his son Ricky outside their Houston home, March 1969.

Photo: Ralph Morse, Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

American astronaut Eugene Cernan takes a phone call from a Houston swimming pool in which he has been scuba diving, March 1969. On the right is his daughter Teresa.

American astronaut Eugene Cernan takes a phone call from a Houston swimming pool in which he has been scuba diving, March 1969. On the right is his daughter Teresa.

Photo: Ralph Morse, Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

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