A Country Boy Can Survive…On The Space Shuttle: John Watts Young, STS-1 Edition

“Dang. NASA is messin’ up mah hair.” Super-tousled John from 1981 in early shuttle-era pressure suit. NASA photo. 

“Now ah am a painting. Aw shucks.” “When Thoughts Turn Inward,” 1982. Painting by Henry Casselli.

“Now ah am an inaction figure. Aw shucks.” John in full STS-1 regalia as a painted figurine. 

“Dang. Ah think Bob is really tan.” STS-1 pilot Bob Crippen and John at a press conference, 1978. 

“Imma gonna fly the hell out of this shuttle rascal.” Crippen and Young swagger their way into spaceflight history, April 12, 1981.
All photos (save for painted figurine) courtesy of NASA; painting by Henry Casselli.

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.

Note: The views expressed in This Space Available are those of the author and should not be considered as representing the positions or views of the National Space Society.

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