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NASA: Legendary astronaut, moonwalker John Young has died

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Astronauts John W. Young, left, commander, and Robert L. Crippen, pilot, crew members of the first flight in the Space Transportation System (STS-1) program Astronauts John W. Young, left, commander, and Robert L. Crippen, pilot, crew members of the first flight in the Space Transportation System (STS-1) program

WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA says legendary astronaut John Young, who walked on the moon and later commanded the first space shuttle flight, has died. Young was 87.

The space agency said Young died Friday night following complications from pneumonia.

NASA said Young was the only agency astronaut to go into space as part of the Gemini, Apollo and space shuttle programs, and the first to fly into space six times. He was the ninth man to walk on the moon.

He died at his home in Houston.

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