John Glenn, first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth, dead at 95 (2016-12-08 21:29:02)

WWL Radio iin New Orleans, La., among other new outlets nationally are reporting that John Glenn, who in 1962 completed three trips around the globe in the Friendship 7 space capsule to become the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the

Earth, has died. He was 95 years old. Hank Wilson with the John Glenn School of Public Affairs says Glenn died Thursday afternoon at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus.  

Glenn was the third U.S. astronaut in space and the first of them to get into orbit. The Soviet Union had put a man into orbit a year earlier in 1961.   Glenn then spent 24 years as a Democrat from Ohio in the Senate and briefly made a run for president in 1984. He returned to space in 1998, at age 77, aboard space shuttle Discovery.  

He was the last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts.

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