R.I.P. John Glenn

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From NPR:

The first American to orbit the Earth has died. John Glenn was the last surviving member of the original Mercury astronauts. He would later have a long political career as a U.S. senator, but that didn’t stop his pioneering ways.

Glenn made history a second time in 1998, when he flew aboard the shuttle Discovery to become the oldest person to fly in space.

Glenn was 95 when he died; he had been hospitalized in an Ohio State University medical center in Columbus since last week.

Glenn had been battling health issues since a stroke a few years ago. His death Thursday was confirmed by Hank Wilson, communications director of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at the Ohio State University.

President Obama said that Glenn’s trailblazing showed “with courage and a spirit of discovery there’s no limit to the heights we can reach together.” The president said, “John always had the right stuff, inspiring generations of scientists, engineers and astronauts. … On behalf of a grateful nation, Godspeed, John Glenn.”

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said, “Senator Glenn’s legacy is one of risk and accomplishment, of history created and duty to country carried out under great pressure with the whole world watching. The entire NASA Family will be forever grateful for his outstanding service, commitment and friendship.”

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2 thoughts on “R.I.P. John Glenn

  1. I first heard about his name when my old elementary school would make yearly treks to our local science center. I still remember the host talking about Astronomy, Nasa and the crew. John Glenn’s name would come up a lot during the lecture after wards, he ( the host ) would take us to the planetarium, where it insinuated what John did and the projectors made it feel as we were away from earth ..rotating like we were going around planets. It was quite fun..though later on I would discover how hard astronomy really was.

    He was also great politician. His death was unfortunate and sad, he lead an enviable life.He will be missed.

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