FILE PHOTO: John W Young, STS-1 mission Commander, prepares to log flight-pertinent data in a loose-leaf flight activities notebook onboard the Space Shuttle Columbia April 14, 1981. Young is seated in the commander's station on the port side of Columbia's forward flight deck. NASA/Kennedy Space Center/Handout via REUTERS

Veteran US astronaut John Young dies

He is the ninth of 12 people ever to set foot on the moon