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    Young Assigned Acting Chief of Astronauts

    Reprinted from the JSC Space Roundup - May 10, 1974
    NASA Press Release 74-71, April 30, 1974
    NASA Activities - June 15, 1974
    John W. Young, veteran of four manned space flights, has been named acting chief of the astronaut Office of the JSC Flight Operations Directorate. Former astronaut office chief Alan B. Shepard, Jr. will serve as senior advisor to Young.

    Young was in the second group of astronauts selected by NASA in September 1962. He was pilot on the first manned Gemini mission in 1965 and command pilot of Gemini 10 July 1966. In a lunar-orbit test mission of the Apollo lunar module in May 1969, Young served as command module pilot. Most recently, he was commander of the Apollo 16 lunar landing mission at the Descartes landing site. Young spent more than 20 hours on the lunar surface in three periods of exploration.

    Young, a captain in the U. S. Navy, graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1952 with a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical engineering. He been awarded two NASA Distinguished Service Medals, two NASA Exceptional Service Medals, the Navy Astronaut Wings, two Navy Distinguished Service Medals, three Navy Distinguished Flying Crosses and the 1972 Iven C. Kincheloe Award of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots.
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