A TRIBUTE TO ASTRONAUT JOHN YOUNG

SAN FRANCISCO (February 17, 2000) Captain John Young will be honored with a plaque to be unveiled on Wednesday, February 23rd at the California Academy of Sciences. The plaque will be displayed in the Academy’s Earth and Space Hall.

The most traveled man in space, Young became the 9th man in history to walk on the moon in 1972. He journeyed to the moon a second time when he led the Apollo 16 mission. In 1981, he commanded space shuttle Columbia’s maiden voyage into space and is the only astronaut to have flown missions in the Gemini, Apollo and Space Shuttle Programs.

Born in San Francisco on September 24, 1930, Young’s long list of distinguished honors include the Congressional Space Medal of Honor in 1981, three NASA Distinguished Service Medals and the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal in 1992. Captain Young is retired from the U.S. Navy.

The Westin St. Francis Hotel has generously provided accommodations for Young during his stay in San Francisco.