John Glenn was the first US astronaut to orbit the earth successfully. He completed three orbits aboard the space capsule “Friendship 7” in 1962. His complete name was John Herschel Glenn Jr. He was born on July 18, 1921, in Cambridge, Ohio. He developed an early interest in science, particularly aeronautics. John graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in engineering from Muskingum College in 1942. He then joined the American war effort in the same year by entering into the Naval Aviation Cadet Program. After completing his studies, he was deployed as a Marine Fighter pilot in the Pacific front of World War II.
Quick Facts: –
- Glenn flew 59 missions in the South Pacific, where one of his wingmen was Ted Williams, a baseball legend.
- He also served in the Korean War, both as a Marine fighter pilot on 63 missions and as an exchange pilot with the Air Force on 27 missions.
- After serving in the Korean War, he was appointed to a naval test pilot program in 1957.
- John Glenn later entered politics and in 1975, he was elected US Senator from Ohio and stayed in the role for 24 long years.
- In 1998, he flew a 9-day mission on the space shuttle Discovery of NASA. He was 77 years old at that time.
- With his second space flight, Glenn became the oldest person to fly in the space.
- He was also the first man to eat in space. Applesauce was the first meal he had. He also ate pureed beef and vegetables.
- On December 8, 2016, John Glenn died in Columbus, Ohio. He was 95 years old at that time.
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