The First American Astronaut To Orbit The Earth Dies At 95

John Herschel Glenn Jr is the first and oldest American to orbit the earth. The historical astronaut has recently passed away at the age of 95.

His death was announced and confirmed on Thursday by Hank Wilson, the communications director of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at the Ohio State University. Glenn suffered a stroke a few years ago.

Report says that he had been hospitalized in an Ohio State University medical center in Columbus since last week.

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In 1962 he became the first American to orbit the Earth, circling three times. Before joining NASA, he was a distinguished fighter pilot in both World War II, according to Wikipedia.

John Herschel Glenn was born on July 18, 1921. He was an American aviator, engineer, astronaut, and United States Senator from Ohio. He was basically known as a symbol of the space age.


As a Senator of the United States, he still flew to space in 1998, making him the oldest to do so.

“Senator Glenn’s legacy is one of risk and accomplishment, of history created and duty to country carried out under great pressure with the whole world watching. The entire NASA Family will be forever grateful for his outstanding service, commitment and friendship.”


John Glenn was one of America’s first and last surviving astronauts from the “Mercury Seven” group in 1959.

By 1962, Glenn had become the first American to orbit the Earth and the fifth person in space, when flew the Friendship 7 mission.

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After his second and last Voyage to space, the great American man had this to say:

“To look out at this kind of creation and not believe in God is to me impossible,”

“I don’t see that I’m any less religious that I can appreciate the fact that science just records that we change with evolution and time, and that’s a fact.”

“It doesn’t mean it’s less wondrous and it doesn’t mean that there can’t be some power greater than any of us that has been behind and is behind whatever is going on.”


Counting as few of his lifetime achievements, Glenn received the Congressional Space Medal of Honor in 1978 and inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in 1990.


John Herschel Glenn an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church. He was a husband, father of 2 and grandfather of 2. He married his high school sweetheart, Anna Margaret Castor on April 6, 1943.