This article from the Smithsonian Air and Space magazine is about eyeglasses for astronauts. The following quote about legendary astronaut John Young is immediately followed by a picture:

Even Apollo veteran John Young took his reading glasses along on STS-1.

picture from Air and Space

The picure file is named "John-Young-glasses-400.jpg", but it doesn't look at all like other pictures of Young. (Maybe it's a picture of whatever guy ran the Shuttle simulator.) Is this really a photo of John Young?

For comparison, here is Young's official Apollo portrait:

Apollo John Young

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    $\begingroup$ Downvoted for lack of prior research. A search for John Young on the NASA image page turns up the picture. images.nasa.gov/details-S81-30419 $\endgroup$ Feb 26, 2021 at 14:50
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    $\begingroup$ @OrganicMarble: No, I certainly did perform a search for pictures of Young. So any claim of "lack of research" is simply not true. But your search was more successful. It looks like you could post an answer, so why not please do that? $\endgroup$
    – DrSheldon
    Feb 26, 2021 at 15:45
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    $\begingroup$ There are some great photos from that trip. What a ride! images.nasa.gov/details-S81-30422 $\endgroup$ Feb 26, 2021 at 22:03
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    $\begingroup$ That's John...looks like he's got a good case of "launch face" going on... $\endgroup$
    – Digger
    Feb 28, 2021 at 5:22
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    $\begingroup$ One point of similarity between the two photos in the question are the eyebrows. A second point could possibly be the nose. $\endgroup$
    – Fred
    Mar 27, 2021 at 17:12

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That's John...looks like he's got a good case of "launch face" going on...

Sorry, I cannot back up my answer with any specific citations (beyond what Organic Marble offered in a comment to the original post)...


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