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.
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