Astronaut, Senator, 'American Hero' John Glenn Dies at 95

Former U.S. senator and astronaut John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, died on Thursday at age 95, according to Ohio State University.

“John Herschel Glenn Jr. had two major career paths that often intersected: flying and politics, and he soared in both of them,” the Associated Press wrote in its obituary for the four-term senator who, in 1998, became the oldest person sent into space.

Of the Ohio native, the Columbus Dispatch reported: wrote:


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NASA tweeted:

Glenn resigned from NASA in January 1964 and, after some twists and turns—”detours and bumps in [the] road,” as put it—he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1974.

“He was widely regarded as an effective legislator and moderate Democrat,” CNN reports. “He played a key role in weapons control, authoring the Nuclear Nonproliferation Act of 1978, which prohibited the sale of nuclear equipment to nations that currently have none.”

In response to the news of Glenn’s death, journalist Dan Rather wrote Thursday on Facebook:

Remembrances were posted online:

Tweets about “John Glenn”

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