He will go down in history as one of the 20th century’s greatest explorers. John Glenn – the first American to orbit Earth – has died, aged 95.
He was the last surviving member of the original seven Mercury astronauts.
Glenn circled the world in February 1962, in the Friendship 7 capsule. He famously remarked “that view is tremendous.”
After splashdown and recovery in the Atlantic, Glenn was treated as a hero, addressing a joint session of Congress and being feted in a New York ticker-tape parade.
He was credited with reviving US pride after the Soviet Union’s domination of manned space exploration.
NASA (@NASA) 8 December 2016
The Corps lost a legend today.— U.S. Marines (@USMC) 8 December 2016
Col. John Glenn— an astronaut, a senator, a Marine— died at the age of 95.
Semper Fi, Sir. pic.twitter.com/xUShqC9JaZ
Former fighter pilot Glenn later became a US senator, but he refused to hang up his space suit.
In 1998, at the age of 77, Glenn became the oldest man to travel to space – blasting off aboard the shuttle Discovery.
He died at the James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State University, according to a spokesman.
Space exploration brings out our best. John Glenn served his country in space, in Congress, and inspired a generation. Onward, John Glenn. pic.twitter.com/KLtzuXn9eP— Bill Nye (@BillNye) 8 December 2016
Today we lost a great pioneer of air and space in John Glenn. He was a hero and inspired generations of future explorers. He will be missed.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 8 December 2016