John Glenn, the first American astronaut to complete a full orbit around Earth and later on served a US senator has reached the end of his life, dying at 95 years of age in the state of Ohio.
He died at the James cancer hospital in Columbus. The real illness Glenn had been suffering with has not been revealed, as it was not cancer for his case.
Among Glenn’s heroic achievements for US history include his full orbital rotation around Earth a mere three full orbital cycles back in 1962, just one year after Soviet astronaut Yuri Gagarin had been the first man into space.
Glenn was given a distinguished service medal by John F. Kennedy once he had returned from his space operation.
Sympathy for his death reached out from all over, ranging from politicians, renowned celebrities, and of course NASA. During an interview back in 2012, Glenn recalled his launch into space 50 years after the mission and stated “I still can sort of pseudo-feel some of those same sensations I had back in those days during launch and all.”
President Barack Obama expressed his own condolences to the American icon and stated that America’s first astronauts had alas left the world and he added that “propelled by their example we know that our future here on Earth compels us to keep reaching for the heavens.”
Glenn was selected amongst a group of seven astronauts in 1959 into leading the way into the space exploratory expeditions.
Glenn had enlisted in the military in World War II after Pearl Harbor was struck by the Japanese on December 7th, 1941, and fought in the Korean War as well.
Glenn was a decorated military man, and his last space expedition was in 1998, by then with 77 years of age, he was the oldest man to be sent in space.
For a quarter of a century, Glenn held his position as a US Senator, along with running for presidential elections in 1984.