John Herschel Glenn, Jr. (born July 18, 1921), (Col, USMC, Ret.), is a former U.S. Marine Corps aviator, engineer, astronaut and United States senator. He was selected as one of the "Mercury seven" group of military test pilots selected in 1959 by NASA to become America's first astronauts and fly the Project Mercury spacecraft. On February 20, 1962, Glenn flew the Friendship 7 mission and became the first American to orbit the Earth and the third person in space, after cosmonauts Yuri…

John Herschel Glenn, Jr. (born July 18, 1921), (Col, USMC, Ret.), is a former U.S. Marine Corps aviator, engineer, astronaut and United States senator. He was selected as one of the "Mercury seven" group of military test pilots selected in 1959 by NASA to become America's first astronauts and fly the Project Mercury spacecraft. On February 20, 1962, Glenn flew the Friendship 7 mission and became the first American to orbit the Earth and the third person in space, after cosmonauts Yuri…

John Glenn wore this space suit on February 20, 1962, when he became the first…

John Glenn wore this space suit on February 20, 1962, when he became the first…

John Glenn July 18, 1921 – December 8, 2016 - One of the original “Magnificent Seven” astronauts in NASA’s Mercury program, John Glenn captured the nation’s attention in 1962 when he first circumnavigated the globe and returned as a hero who had scaled heights no American had reached before.

John Glenn July 18, 1921 – December 8, 2016 - One of the original “Magnificent Seven” astronauts in NASA’s Mercury program, John Glenn captured the nation’s attention in 1962 when he first circumnavigated the globe and returned as a hero who had scaled heights no American had reached before.

John Glenn, the former astronaut and US senator from Ohio, <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/08/health/john-glenn-dead/index.html">died Thursday, December 8</a>, according to Ohio State University. He was 95. Glenn became the <a href="http://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2012/02/17/natpkg-john-glenn-orbits-earth.nasa-universal-newsreel" target="_blank">first American to orbit the Earth</a> in 1962.

John Glenn, famed astronaut, senator dies at 95

John Glenn, the former astronaut and US senator from Ohio, <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/08/health/john-glenn-dead/index.html">died Thursday, December 8</a>, according to Ohio State University. He was 95. Glenn became the <a href="http://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2012/02/17/natpkg-john-glenn-orbits-earth.nasa-universal-newsreel" target="_blank">first American to orbit the Earth</a> in 1962.

Former astronaut John Glenn the first American to orbit Earth Marine Corps fighter pilot and United States Senator has died at 95.

Former astronaut John Glenn the first American to orbit Earth Marine Corps fighter pilot and United States Senator has died at 95.

Astronaut John Glenn - first American to orbit the Earth

Astronaut John Glenn - first American to orbit the Earth

See historical photos of John Glenn, one of NASA's original seven astronauts and the first American to orbit Earth.

See historical photos of John Glenn, one of NASA's original seven astronauts and the first American to orbit Earth.

John Glenn and his battle-damaged fighter jet, Korea, 1953

John Glenn and his battle-damaged fighter jet, Korea, 1953

John Glenn's Mercury mission was the first American space flight around the world. #Infographic

John Glenn's Mercury mission was the first American space flight around the world. #Infographic

John Herschel Glenn, Jr. (born July 18, 1921) is a former United States Marine Corps pilot, astronaut, and United States senator who was the first American to orbit the Earth and the third American in space. Glenn was combat aviator in the Marine Corps and one of the seven elite US military test pilots to be selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (more commonly referred to as "NASA") to test fly and operate the experimental Mercury spacecraft outside of the mesosphere…

John Herschel Glenn, Jr. (born July 18, 1921) is a former United States Marine Corps pilot, astronaut, and United States senator who was the first American to orbit the Earth and the third American in space. Glenn was combat aviator in the Marine Corps and one of the seven elite US military test pilots to be selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (more commonly referred to as "NASA") to test fly and operate the experimental Mercury spacecraft outside of the mesosphere…

Former astronaut and retired Ohio Sen. John Glenn testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the House Science and Technology Committee hearing on NASA's past accomplishments, and future opportunities and challenges, marking 50th anniversary of NASA.

Former astronaut and retired Ohio Sen. John Glenn testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the House Science and Technology Committee hearing on NASA's past accomplishments, and future opportunities and challenges, marking 50th anniversary of NASA.

In the launch pad's White Room, STS-95 Payload Specialist John H. Glenn Jr., U.S. Senator from Ohio, has his flight suit checked by closeout crew members before climbing into space shuttle Discovery for his second flight into space, which came 36 years after his Mercury launch. Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth. The image was taken Oct. 29, 1998.

In the launch pad's White Room, STS-95 Payload Specialist John H. Glenn Jr., U.S. Senator from Ohio, has his flight suit checked by closeout crew members before climbing into space shuttle Discovery for his second flight into space, which came 36 years after his Mercury launch. Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth. The image was taken Oct. 29, 1998.

On Feb. 20, 1962, NASA astronaut John Glenn made history when he became the first American ever to orbit Earth. See how NASA launched Glenn into orbit in this SPACE.com infographic.

On Feb. 20, 1962, NASA astronaut John Glenn made history when he became the first American ever to orbit Earth. See how NASA launched Glenn into orbit in this SPACE.com infographic.

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