“John Glenn, the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth, has passed away at the age of 95.
An American hero, Glenn was the last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts, the group chosen by NASA in 1959 as its first crew to travel into space. He completed his iconic orbit of Earth a few years later on February 20, 1962. During the historic flight, he uttered the words, “Oh, that view is tremendous” in reference to seeing our planet from 100 miles up.
In addition to being the third U.S. astronaut in space, Glenn was also a World War II combat pilot, a former Marine, and a politician. He spent 24 years as a Democratic senator from Ohio, and was considered as a possible vice presidential running mate on three occasions in the 1980s and early 1990s.” American Hero, John Glenn