Former Astronaut and Senator John Glenn Passes Away
John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth, has passed away.
Glenn was one of the Mercury Seven, the group of military test pilots selected to be NASA’s first astronauts in 1959.
On February 20th, 1962 Glenn flew aboard Friendship 7 and became the first American to orbit the earth and the fifth person in space.
Following his resignation from NASA in 1964m Glenn went on to run for the U.S. Senate in his home state of Ohio.
Finally winning a seat in 1974, Glenn served as a senator until 1999.
In 1998, during his time as senator, Glenn became the only person to fly both in the Mercury and Shuttle space programs, when at the age of 77 he flew on shuttle Discovery during mission STS-95.
Glenn had been hospitalized at Ohio State University and on Thursday he passed away.
He was 95.