American Astronaut and former US Senator John Glenn has died at 95.
Glenn, one of the “Original 7 Astronauts” (along with Gus Grissom, Gordo Cooper, Wally Schirra, Deke Slaton, Chuck Yeager, and Alan Sheppard) was the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962.
He circled three times.
Glenn then spent 24 years as a Democrat from Ohio in the Senate and briefly made a run for president in 1984. He returned to space in 1998, at age 77, aboard space shuttle Discovery.
He was the last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts.
Played by Ed Harris in one of the best movies about NASA and it’s space program. The movie was called “The Right Stuff,” (1984) and also starring Scott Glenn, Dennis Quaid and Sam Sheppard and was based on the book (same title) by Tom Wolfe.