Former astronaut John Glenn dies at 95
Former astronaut and United States Senator John Glenn passed away in a Columbus, Ohio hospital on Thursday, according to Columbus Dispatch. He was 95 years old.
Glenn was admitted into Ohio State’s James Cancer Center last week, according to an OSU spokesperson. He was said to be surrounded by his immediate family, including wife Annie of 73 years, in his final days.
The most important thing we can do is inspire young minds and to advance the kind of science, math and technology education that will help youngsters take us to the next phase of space travel. – John Glenn
“Though he soared deep into space and to the heights of Capitol Hill, his heart never strayed from his steadfast Ohio roots,” Ohio Gov. John Kasich said. “Godspeed, John Glenn.”
Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth in a mission in 1962. He then returned to space in 1998 aboard Space Shuttle Discovery.
He also served Ohio in the US Senate from 1972 to 1998. In 1984, Glenn ran for president, attempting to gain the Democratic Party nomination. After struggling in the first series of primaries, Glenn dropped out of the race.
Earlier this year, Columbus renamed its airport the John Glenn Columbus International Airport.
Glenn’s name is also synonymous with Ohio State as his name is on the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.
Source: News Channel 5