18 July-John Glenn

John Glenn was an 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 in 1921. Having served as a military pilot he was chosen to train as an astronaut in 1959. In February 1962 he was the astronaut aboard Friendship 7 spacecraft when it was launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida. His flight lasted 4 hours and 55 minutes. Glenn resigned from NASA in January 1964.

In 1974 Glenn was elected to the United States Senate. He served for four terms as Senator for Ohio. On October 29th 1998, at the age of 77 and 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. He died at the age of 95 on December 8th 2016.

John Glenn was born in the year 1921 On This Day.

Astronaut U.S. Senator John Glenn

 

 

 

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