John Glenn, The Last of the Mercury Seven, Dead at 95

A sad day.

Obituary: John Glenn

BBC News


As the first American to orbit the Earth, John Glenn became a national hero.

His achievement restored some pride to the US after first Yuri Gagarin and then Gherman Titov had successfully put Russia ahead in the space race.

Like all of the original astronauts, Glenn had seen service as a military flyer before joining the space programme.

And at the age of 77, after a career in politics he did it all over again, becoming the oldest person ever to travel into orbit.

God Speed, Mr. Glenn

For those who have read Wolff’s The Right Stuff, I’ll point out that BGEN Charles Yeager, USAF(ret) is still going…


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