John Glenn is a former Astronaut who in 1962 became the first American to orbit the earth. On that occasion he made three orbits around Earth aboard Friendship 7. Glenn became the oldest astronaut in history when he made a return to space on the space shuttle Discovery in 1998.
John Herschel Glenn was born in Cambridge, Ohio on July 18th 1921. Having served as a military pilot he was chosen to train as an astronaut in 1959. On February 20th 1962 he was the astronaut aboard Friendship 7 spacecraft when it was launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida.
In 1974 Glenn was elected to the United States Senate. He served for four terms as Senator for Ohio. In 1998 while still serving as a senator, Glenn returned to space aboard the space shuttle Discovery. In 2012 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama.
John Glenn flew into space at the age of 77 in the year 1998 On This Day.
John Glenn by Oregon State University on 2004-03-29 10:38:56
John Glenn enters his Friendship 7 capsule by NASA on The Commons on 1962-02-20 00:00:00