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Forty-two years ago today, John H. Glenn, Jr. launched from Cape Canaveral (renamed Kennedy) and made America's first orbital flight on February 20, 1962, piloting the Mercury-Atlas 6 Friendship 7 spacecraft on the first manned orbital mission of the United States.

After repesenting the state of Ohio as a Senator for a record four consecutive terms, on February 20, 1997, the thirty-fifth anniversary of his historic flight, Senator John H. Glenn, Jr. announced his plans to retire from the Senate.

Just over a year and a half later, John H. Glenn, Jr, as a member of the crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery for mission STS-95, launched on October 29, 1998. At 77 years of age, Glenn was the oldest astronaut to fly in space, nearly twice the age of the average astronaut.

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January 8, 2007 at 8:42 am
(1) courtney says:

kool he left 1 day before my birthday and im doing a scince project on him!

November 14, 2008 at 3:55 pm
(2) Tate says:

i think he is so cool :) he was the first person to orbit the earth! thats amazing! we are learning about the Apollo 13 and everything is soo amazing! Jim Lovell is my hero! lol jk no he’s not. lol but i still think they did amazing! :)

February 18, 2009 at 10:58 am
(3) dede doedoe says:

hello i think it is sooooooooooo cool that you were the first american to orbit earth. AH-mazing!!!!

February 24, 2009 at 10:06 am
(4) Nick DeAscentis says:

JOHN GLENN IS MY HERO THIS IS A GREAT ARTICLE!

March 17, 2009 at 12:45 pm
(5) Hannah M says:

i think he is awesome but it would of been nice if there was more info bc im doing a HUGE report on him and so ya

April 21, 2009 at 9:56 am
(6) mcknezie says:

i think that is soooooooo kool:) i wish i could do that hahahah!!!!! jkjk

mckenzie

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