Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine
Dec 092016
 
John Glenn During the Mercury-Atlas 6 Spaceflight

John Glenn During the Mercury-Atlas 6 Spaceflight. On Feb. 20, 1962, John H. Glenn, Jr., became the first American to orbit Earth. Image credit: NASA

John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962 (one year after the Russian astronaut Yuri Gagarin, the first human being to travel into space) has died.

This is an excerpt from the NASA Website:

“Glenn, who served four terms as a U.S. senator from Ohio, was one of NASA’s original seven Mercury astronauts. His flight on Friendship 7 on Feb. 20, 1962, showed the world that America was a serious contender in the space race with the Soviet Union. It also made Glenn an instant hero.

His mission of almost nine days on the space shuttle orbiter Discovery, launched Oct. 29, 1998, when he was 77, made him the oldest human to venture into space. On Discovery he participated in a series of tests on the aging process. The aging population was one focus of his work as a U.S. senator.

Glenn was described as “humble, funny, and generous” by Trevor Brown, dean of the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at Ohio State University, in a statement joined by the Glenn family. “Even after leaving public life, he loved to meet with citizens, school children in particular. He thrilled to music and had a weakness for chocolate.”

John Glenn was highly respected, well-liked and had an extra-ordinarily fulfilled life.

He was a veteran of the WW2 and the Korean War. Well-educated and committed to learning, Glenn went from the Navy to NASA. He made history as an aviator and astronaut. After retiring from NASA, Glenn entered the political arena in Ohio were he’s been very popular. (He has won FOUR consecutive terms.) As US Senator, John Glenn was a champion of environmental protection, fought to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction and called for a cleanup of nuclear waste.

John Glenn, an American Hero passed away. His legacy will have a place in history books.

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Editor, Eve Elrich

 

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