NASA confirms legendary astronaut John W. Young dead at 87

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Jan 6, 2018, 2:02 PM EST

Astronaut John W. Young, who pioneered the two-man Gemini capsule, orbited and then walked on the moon, and commanded the Space Shuttle program's maiden flight has died at the age of 87.

NASA confirmed the death this morning via Twitter.

Young's storied career spanned six space flights, three generations of spacecraft and even a corned beef sandwich smuggling to Gus Grissom during their first two-man U.S. space mission into Earth's orbit. He was part of the May 1969 Apollo 10 mission which laid the groundwork for Neil Armstrong's historic moonwalk during the Apollo 11 mission.

(via Spaceflight Now)