Genuine America Hero, NASA Astronaut, U.S. Senator: John Glenn Dead At 95

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John Glenn, the all-American astronaut and senator who rocketed into history on flights 36 years apart as the first American to orbit the Earth and the oldest person in space, died Thursday, Dec. 8 at age 95. Above, he celebrates his record-setting space flight with a parade through Cocoa Beach with Vice President Lyndon Johnson. (Image for Space Coast Daily)

FOX NEWS – John Glenn, the all-American astronaut and senator who rocketed into history on flights 36 years apart as the first American to orbit the Earth and the oldest person in space, died Thursday, Dec. 8 at age 95.

Glenn, who was known for his small-town decency and calm heroics, was the last of the original Mercury 7 astronauts who launched the US space program. He later served for nine years as a Democratic senator from Ohio.

In the early 1960s, the Mercury 7 were American superstars, constantly written about and unabashedly idolized.

In “The Right Stuff,” a 1983 film about them based on Tom Wolfe’s best-selling book, Glenn was portrayed by Ed Harris.

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Glenn, a Marine pilot who flew 149 missions in World War II and Korea, was America’s third man in space (after Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom) but the first to orbit the Earth.

On February 20, 1962 he piloted the “Friendship 7” spacecraft on a three-orbit mission some 100-162 miles from Earth that lasted four hours, 55 minutes and 23 seconds.

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Glenn, a Marine pilot who flew 149 missions in World War II and Korea, was America’s third man in space (after Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom) but the first to orbit the Earth. (NASA image)


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