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US astronaut John Young passes away

ANI  |  Washington D.C. [U.S.A.] 

The National Aeronautics and Administration (NASA) on Saturday said, "We're saddened by the loss of "

Young was the first person to travel to six times and the ninth of 12 scientists to set foot on the lunar surface.

"and the world have lost a pioneer. Young was at the forefront of human exploration with his poise, talent, and tenacity. He was in every way the 'astronaut's astronaut'," said Robert Lightfoot, reported.

stated that the octogenarian died of pneumonia.

Young was one of the three astronauts to travel twice to the moon.

The former US Navy test pilot flew into space twice during the Gemini programme of in 1960's and twice on space shuttles.

Young was the longest serving astronaut, who worked with NASA for 42 years.

In an interview, after his retirement in 2004, he said that he considered himself "very lucky".

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First Published: Sun, January 07 2018. 01:40 IST