On Thursday, former astronaut John Glenn passed away at the age of 95-years-old. After he suffered a minor stroke in 2014, his vision became impaired and he had to go through heart-valve replacement surgery. His condition was slowly getting worse at this point, but the surgery did buy him some extra time. Just before his death, he was taken to Wexner Medical Center which is part of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. It was there that he was pronounced dead.
John Glenn is one of the most famous astronauts in American history. In 1962, he became the first American to completely orbit the Earth which paved the way for future astronauts to explore outer space. While inside the Mercury space capsule known as “Friendship 7,” he circled the Earth three times. Glenn is truly a legend and one of the original seven NASA astronauts. He is also the last of the original seven astronauts to die.
In 1998, Glenn made history a second time at 77-years-old by getting another chance to orbit the Earth. While aboard the space shuttle named “Discovery,” he flew around the Earth again and became the oldest person ever to be in outer space and orbit the world. Some of Glenn’s other accomplishments include being a colonel and pilot in the United States Marine Corps who fought in World War II as well as the Korean War.
After Glenn was done with the military and being an astronaut for NASA, he served as a United States Senator representing Ohio for 25 years. In addition, he had been honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. These are the two highest honors that any civilian can be awarded in the United States. Glenn will continue to be an inspiration to all those who want to be an astronaut or who merely want to achieve greatness in their lives.