John Young, center, eyeballs a space shuttle prototype model, 1974. In seven years, he would command the first shuttle mission. Young returned to space in 1983 on STS 9/Spacelab 1.
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Emily Carney is a writer, space enthusiast, and creator of the This Space Available space blog, published since 2010. In January 2019, Emily’s This Space Available blog was incorporated into the National Space Society’s blog. The content of Emily’s blog can be accessed via the This Space Available blog category.
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