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John Glenn's Biography

John Herschel Glenn, Jr. (born July 18, 1921) is a former United States Marine Corps pilot, astronaut, and United States senator who was the first American to orbit the Earth and the third American in space. Glenn was combat aviator in the Marine Corps and one of the seven elite US military test pilots to be selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (more commonly referred to as "NASA") to test fly and operate the experimental Mercury spacecraft outside of the mesosphere at altitudes above 115 miles (185 km) and at speeds exceeding 5,000 miles per hour (8,000 km/h) to become the first officially recognized American (US) astronauts. He flew the Friendship 7 mission on February 20, 1962. In 1965, Glenn retired from the military and resigned from NASA so he could be eligible to stand for election to public office. As a member of the Democratic Party he was elected to represent Ohio in the United States Senate from 1974 to 1999.

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Senator John Glenn greets friends and officials upon arriving at the christening ceremony for the USNS John Glenn at the General Dynamics NASSCO Shipyard in San Diego
Senator John Glenn greets friends and officials upon arriving at the christening ceremony for the USNS John Glenn at the General Dynamics NASSCO Shipyard in San Diego
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John Glenn News Stories

  • Garner liked his auto racing

      News Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal / Sun | 5 days ago
    In Grand Prix, the 1966 movie during which James Garner was first bitten by the auto racing bug, Garner's character Pete Aron ignores the move-over flag at the Monaco Grand Prix touching off a spectacular crash. His teammate suffers a career-ending
  • Nate DiMeo's The Memory Palace podcasts: Mournful yet mesmerising four-...

      News Source: The Independent | 1 month ago
    If, as a dedicated radio listener, you haven't heard The Memory Palace podcast ( ), the three-to-four-minute snippets of history beamed from Los Angeles, then your life isn't what it could be. I would even go so far as to say you
  • Saints, Spartans finish 2nd, 3rd, move on to state

      News Source: The Journal Gazette | 1 month ago
    The Bishop Dwenger boys golf team is developing a nemesis in NorthWood, which edged the Saints for the championship at the Warsaw Regional on Thursday. NorthWood took the team title at Stonehenge Golf Club with a 305, bettering the sixth-ranked

John Glenn Blogs

  • John Glenn's Thoughts: Opuscula Visualize Bottom line

      Blog Source: | 3 months ago
    Medicare Advantage programs - and they all seem similar in this respect - allow customers roughly US$115/year toward corrective lenses, with frames, or contact lenses. The lenses are "plain vanilla," no polycarbonate, no line-less bifocals,&
  • 10 Interesting John Glenn Facts | My Interesting Facts

      Blog Source: | 3 months ago
    Get the information about the first American person to orbit the earth in John Glenn facts. You can find out about his personal life, achievement and journey in his military career by reading the following facts about John Glenn below: ...
  • John Glenn's Thoughts: Opuscula Bring back auto Inspections

      Blog Source: | 3 months ago
    I was driving around today, running self-imposed errands. For kicks, I keep an inexpensive digi-cam in the car (mostly to photograph loose animals in the complex). Today, I was shooting vehicles with brake lights that don't illuminate.

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