|John H. Glenn, Jr.|
|United States Senator
December 24, 1974 – January 3, 1999
|Preceded by||Howard Metzenbaum|
|Succeeded by||George Voinovich|
|Born||July 18, 1921
Cambridge, Ohio, U.S.
John Herschel Glenn Jr. (born July 18, 1921) is a former United States Senator. He is best known 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.
Early life[change | edit source]
John Glenn was born in Cambridge, Ohio, to John Glenn, Sr. and Teresa (née Sproat). He was raised in New Concord, Ohio. Glenn studied science at Muskingum College, and received his private pilot's license for physics course credit in 1941.
He received a bachelor of science at Muskingum College. He joined the United States Marine Corps and became a pilot. On July 16, 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.
Career[change | edit source]
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.
Personal life[change | edit source]
On April 6, 1943, Glenn married his childhood sweetheart, Anna Margaret Castor. They had met in New Concord and played together in the school band. They are the parents of two children.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: John Glenn|
- John Glenn Honored as an Ambassador of Exploration
- John & Annie Glenn Historic Site and Home
- John Glenn School of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University
- John Glenn's Official NASA Biography
- John Glenn's Flight on Friendship 7, MA-6 – as heard on KCBS Radio
- John Glenn's Flight on Friendship 7, MA-6 – complete 5-hour capsule audio recording
- John Glenn's Flight on the Space Shuttle, STS-95
- Spacefacts biography of John Glenn
- John Glenn Archive
- John Glenn: Unpublished Photos — slideshow by Life magazine