|John H. Glenn, Jr.|
|United States Senator
December 24, 1974–January 6, 1999
|Preceded by||Howard Metzenbaum|
|Succeeded by||George Voinovich|
|Born||July 18, 1921
John Herschel Glenn Jr. (born July 18, 1921, in Cambridge, Ohio) is a former United States Senator. He is famous for being the first American to orbit the Earth as an astronaut for NASA. In 1998, he made his second spaceflight at the age of 77 years. He is the oldest man ever in outer space.
He received a bachelor of science at Muskingum College. He joined the United States Marine Corps and became a pilot. On 16 July 1957, then-Major Glenn set the Transcontinental air speed record, flying a F8U-1 Crusader from NAS Los Alamitos to Floyd Bennett Field, New York, in 3 hours, 23 minutes, and 8.4 seconds. Project Bullet, as the mission was called, provided both the first transcontinental flight to average supersonic speed, and the first continuous transcontinental panoramic photograph of the United States. Glenn was awarded his fifth Distinguished Flying Cross for the mission.