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Artist:
Henry C. Casselli, Jr., born 25 October 1946  Search this
Sitter:
John Watts Young, 24 Sep 1930 - 05 Jan 2018  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor and pencil sketch on paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 41.2 x 34 cm (16 1/4 x 13 3/8")
Mat: 55.9 x 40.6 cm (22 x 16")
Type:
Drawing
Place:
United States\Florida\Brevard\Cape Canaveral
Date:
1981
Exhibition Label:
Born San Francisco, California
The only astronaut to have piloted four types of spacecraft—the Gemini, the Apollo Command Module, the Apollo Lunar Module, and the space shuttle—John Young enjoyed a long and productive career with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). In addition to walking on the moon as commander of Apollo 16, Young helped inaugurate the nation’s space shuttle program, which featured a reusable spacecraft. He also served as commander of the shuttle Columbia in April 1981. This life study of Young by portraitist Henry Casselli, a participant in NASA’s art program, features the astronaut in his “Snoopy cap,” just prior to donning his helmet for Columbia’s maiden voyage. Shortly after the flight, Young was recognized for his service with the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest spaceflight award.
Nacido en San Francisco, California
John Young, el único astronauta en haber pilotado cuatro tipos de naves espaciales —la Gemini, el Módulo de comando de Apollo, el Módulo lunar de Apollo y el transbordador espacial—, disfrutó de una larga y productiva carrera con la NASA (Administración Nacional de la Aeronáutica y del Espacio). Además de caminar sobre la luna como comandante del Apollo 16, Young ayudó a inaugurar el programa de transbordador espacial de la nación, que contaba con una nave espacial reutilizable, y sirvió como comandante del transbordador Columbia en abril de 1981. Este estudio de Young, realizado por el retratista Henry Casselli, participante del programa artístico de la NASA, presenta al astronauta con el gorro conocido como “Snoopy cap”, justo antes de colocarse el casco para el viaje inaugural del Columbia. Poco después del vuelo, Young obtuvo reconocimiento por su servicio al recibir la Medalla de Honor del Espacio del Congreso, el premio más alto del país para viajes espaciales.
Topic:
John Watts Young: Male  Search this
John Watts Young: Science and Technology\Scientist\Astronaut  Search this
John Watts Young: Military\Navy\Pilot  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Gift of Taylor Energy Company LLC
Object number:
NPG.2008.49
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© Henry C. Casselli, Jr.
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition:
20th Century Americans: 1960-2000
On View:
NPG, South Gallery 342
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm45a6cc45c-07b2-4b84-97a5-4c3b7e65e817
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.2008.49