John Glenn dead: Former astronaut and senator was 95

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John Glenn, who became one of the 20th century’s greatest explorers as the first American to orbit Earth and later as the world’s oldest astronaut, and also had a long career as a U.S. senator, died in Ohio on Thursday at age 95.

Glenn, the last surviving member of the original seven American “Right Stuff” Mercury astronauts, died at the James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State University in Columbus, 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.”

  • John Herschel Glenn Jr. was born on July 18, 1921, in Cambridge, Ohio.
  • He also was a staunch advocate of a strong military and took a keen interest in strategic issues. He retired from the Senate in 1999.
  • Thirty-six years after his maiden space voyage, Glenn became America’s first geriatric astronaut on Oct. 29, 1998. He was 77 when he blasted off as a mission specialist aboard the shuttle Discovery. He saw it as a blow to the stereotyping of the elderly.
  • In his latter years, he was an adjunct professor at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.
  • He had a knee replacement operation in 2011 and heart surgery in 2014.
  • Glenn is survived by his wife of 73 years, his childhood sweetheart, Annie Castor. They had two children, David and Lyn.

 

 

                  Related image    John Glenn Quotes:

If there is one thing I’ve learned in my years on this planet, it’s that the happiest and most fulfilled people I’ve known are those who devoted themselves to something bigger and more profound than merely their own self interest.

John Glenn

 

As I hurtled through space, one thought kept crossing my mind – every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder.

John Glenn

 

The most important thing we can do is inspire young minds and to advance the kind of science, math and technology education that will help youngsters take us to the next phase of space travel.

John Glenn

To sit back and let fate play its hand out and never influence it is not the way man was meant to operate.

John Glenn

I don’t know what you could say about a day in which you have seen four beautiful sunsets.

John Glenn

We have an infinite amount to learn both from nature and from each other.

John Glenn

When others kid me about being bald, I simply tell them that the way I figure it, the good Lord only gave men so many hormones, and if others want to waste theirs on growing hair, that’s up to them.

John Glenn

I suppose the one quality in an astronaut more powerful than any other is curiosity. They have to get some place nobody’s ever been.

John Glenn

A lot of people ask…why a man is willing to risk… Well, we’ve got to do it. We’re going into an age of exploration that will be bigger than anything the world has ever seen… If a man faces up to the (unknown) and takes the dare of the future, he can have some control over his destiny.

John Glenn

By its very definition, civic responsibility means taking a healthy role in the life of one’s community. That means that classroom lessons should be complemented by work outside the classroom. Service-learning does just that, tying community service to academic learning.

John Glenn

To get your name well enough known that you can run for a public office, some people do it by being great lawyers or philanthropists or business people or work their way up the political ladder. I happened to become known from a different route.

John Glenn

I think a mentor gets a lot of satisfaction in a couple of ways. They’re doing something constructive, so they feel good about that. And when they see the results of this, with the young people they’re working with, it’s very, very rewarding.

John Glenn

We used to joke about canned men, putting people in a can and seeing how far you can send them and bring them back. That’s not the purpose of this program… Space is a laboratory, and we go into it to work and learn the new.

John Glenn

Americans just want us to… not be concerned if they can be constitutionally justified… Why, if we had to do that we could not pass most of the laws we enact around here.

John Glenn
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