VIDEO: NASA Astronaut, John Glenn Honored At Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
By Space Coast Daily // December 9, 2016
Remembrance held in front of Heroes & Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame
ABOVE VIDEO: John Glenn, the first American astronaut to orbit the earth and a legendary figure in the American space flight program, has died, the Ohio governor has said. He was 95. Glenn was one of America’s first and most celebrated astronauts and had a long public career that included two space flights, 24 years as a U.S. Senator from Ohio, and a run for the presidency.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – A ceremony was held at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex this afternoon to honor NASA astronaut and Ohio Senator John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, who passed away on Dec. 8, at the age of 95.
Held in front of Heroes & Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, the ceremony included remarks by space shuttle astronaut Jon McBride; Therrin Protze, chief operating officer, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex; and Robert Cabana, director of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, and space shuttle astronaut. The ceremony was attended by Apollo astronaut Al Worden and space shuttle astronaut Winston Scott.
“We at Delaware North join NASA and all Americans in mourning the loss of John Glenn, a legendary American hero who made invaluable contributions to the space program and to the country,” said Rick Abramson, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Delaware North, which operates Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex for NASA.
ABOVE VIDEO: On Dec. 8, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden commented on the passing of John Glenn. Glenn, the former U.S. Senator and astronaut became the first American to orbit the Earth, when as one of NASA’s original Mercury 7 astronauts, he flew aboard Friendship 7 on Feb. 20, 1962.
The ceremony took place this afternoon and highlighted Glenn’s illustrious career as an astronaut pioneer as well as a national hero.
Born in Ohio, Glenn flew combat missions in both World War II and the Korean War as a Marine aviator. As one of NASA’s original Mercury 7 astronauts, Glenn’s flight aboard Friendship 7 on February 20, 1962, launched America to the forefront of the space race. He continued to serve his country as a four-term Senator from Ohio.
He was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in 1990.
In 1998, at the age of 77, he flew on the STS-95 Discovery space shuttle flight, becoming the oldest human in space.
“The impact of John Glenn’s legacy will always be present for our visitors,” said Therrin Protze, chief operating officer of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. “He will be forever a pioneer who inspired the world. We are privileged to honor him and his invaluable contributions to his country and space exploration.”