Astronaut John Glenn, who orbited the earth over 100 times and was the oldest human to go into space, died at James Cancer Hospital in Ohio. He was 95.
Glenn is survived by his wife of 73 years, his childhood sweetheart, Annie Castor. They had two children, David and Lyn.
He was a risk-taker, a statesman, and an American hero!
Glenn, who got to fly the first time as an 8-year-old, flew 149 combat missions in World War II and the Korean War. His plane was hit by enemy fire 12 different times.
Glenn also served as president of Royal Crown Cola and served a long career as a U.S. senator.
He lived a very full life.
Glenn, the last surviving member of the original seven American “Right Stuff” Mercury astronauts, died at the James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State University, said Hank Wilson, a spokesman at the university’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs, which Glenn helped found.
Glenn was credited with reviving U.S. pride after the Soviet Union’s early domination of manned space exploration. His three laps around the world in the Friendship 7 capsule on Feb. 20, 1962, forged a powerful link between the former fighter pilot and the Kennedy-era quest to explore outer space as a “New Frontier.”
President-elect Donald Trump said in a tweet that the nation had lost “a great pioneer of air and space in John Glenn. He was a hero and inspired generations of future explorers.”As the third of seven astronauts in NASA’s solo-flight Mercury program to venture into space, Glenn became more of a media fixture than any of the others and was known for his composure and willingness to promote the program.
Glenn’s astronaut career, as well as his record as a fighter pilot in World War Two and the Korean War, helped propel him to the U.S. Senate in 1974, where he represented his home state of Ohio for 24 years as a moderate Democrat.
Sir, you will be missed!
With everyone soooo serious lately – how about a little comic relief?
The Flipside with Michael Loftus makes fun of Joseph Clancy, the head of the secret service. This is one of the funniest skits I have ever seen. With Barack Obama heading out the door, maybe the Secret Service will finally get their act together! If not, Donald Trump will have to say, “You’re Fired!”
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