Former astronaut John Glenn dead at 95

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Quick Facts:

  • John Glenn died Thursday at age 95
  • Glenn was a former U.S. senator from Ohio from 1974-1999.
  • He was also an accomplished aviator and astronaut. Glenn became the oldest person to fly in space in 1998.
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Former astronaut and United States senator John Glenn died Thursday at the age of 95.

Glenn served in the senate, representing Ohio, from 1974 until 1999.

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Also an accomplished aviator and astronaut, Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth in 1962.

After a short presidential run in 1984 and more than two decades in the senate, Glenn became the oldest person to fly in space aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery in October 1998.

President Obama awarded Glenn with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.

President Obama Awards Presidential Medals Of Freedom to John Glenn (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Ohio Governor John Kasich called Glenn the state's "ultimate hometown hero."

 

 

Tulsa's Philbrook museum even joined in on the tributes to Glenn:

 

 

RIP John Glenn. This piece always reminds us of the wonder of space travel. #onview

A photo posted by Philbrook Museum (@philbrookmuseum) on

 

Watch: John Glenn through the years -

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