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America's Oldest Astronaut

By January 15, 2009

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On January 15, 1998, NASA announced a return to orbit for John Glenn, 76, the first American to orbit the Earth who at the time was serving as a U.S. Senator from Ohio.

Senator Glenn asked NASA if he could fly again to conduct space-based research on aging, but only if he met the agency's physical and mental requirements. NASA Administrator Dan Goldin announced the appointment of John Glenn as a member of the crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery for mission STS-95, scheduled for 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. The highly successful mission concluded with the landing on Saturday, November 7, 1998 at 12:04 PM EST at KSC.

Read more about this remarkable man, John Glenn.

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January 16, 2009 at 5:20 pm
(1) Robert says:

Too bad he sold out his country when he blocked investigations into Clinton Administration corruption as a Senate committee chairman in exchange for a ride on the shuttle…

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