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Overview (4)

Born in Cambridge, Ohio, USA
Died in Columbus, Ohio, USA
Birth NameJohn Herschel Glenn Jr.
Height 5' 10½" (1.79 m)

Mini Bio (1)

John Glenn was an Officer of United States Marines with the rank of Major before chosen to become part of the Mercury 7 program.

He was awarded five Distinguished Flying Crosses. Made record setting Coast to Coast flights in the late 1950s.

He named his spacecraft (capsule) Friendship 7 and it is on display at the Smithsonian Institute Air and Space museum, directly underneath Chuck Yeager's "Glamerous Glennis" Bell X-1.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Dashielle Fairborne

Spouse (1)

Annie Glenn (6 April 1943 - 8 December 2016) ( his death) ( 2 children)

Trivia (17)

Astronaut and senator.
First American to orbit the Earth, 20 February 1962.
Oldest person to fly in space at age 77 (member of space shuttle shuttle crew, 29 October 1998 - 7 November 1998).
US senator from Ohio, January 1975 - January 1999.
Was a member of NASA's Mercury 7 project, introduced in April 9, 1959, only six months after the agency was established (together with Wally Schirra, Deke Slayton, Scott Carpenter, Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, Gordon Cooper).
Appeared in uniform with ten year old singer and actor Eddie Hodges as a contestant on a very popular Oct 4th 1957 episode of "Name That Tune" (1953) (TV series) after achieving international fame for setting the worlds record for the fastest trans-coastal flight in the USA. He and Hodges were teammates and split the grand prize of 25,000 dollars after successfully appearing on that much beloved episode.
Attended Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio; the same college which produced actress Agnes Moorehead.
Holds the world record for longest time between commission as astronaut and last space flight - an almost unbeatable 39 years 6 months 27 days.
Named his Mercury spacecraft "Friendship 7".
Was Ted Williams' "Wingman" during the Korean War.
Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama on 29 May 2012.
Attended the Marine Corps Ball held annually in Washington, D.C. as the Guest of Honor. [December 1997]
Was a member of NASA's Mercury 7 project, introduced in April 9, 1959, only six months after the agency was established (together with Wally Schirra, Deke Slayton, Scott Carpenter, Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, Gordon Cooper).
With Scott Carpenter's death on October 10, 2013, he became the last surviving member of the Mercury Seven. In spite of this, he was the oldest of the seven astronauts.
Inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame in 1993.
Inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in 1990.
His claim to fame/historic title, has been more misidentified than any other astronaut. He has been frequently misidentified as The first man in space, or The first man to orbit, or more often The first American in space; Yuri Gagarin is the first two, Alan Shepard is the last one.

Personal Quotes (5)

I don't know what you could say about a day in which you have seen four beautiful sunsets.
This is a day we have managed to avoid for a quarter of a century. [on the loss of seven lives in the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger, 28 January 1986]
The most important thing we can do is inspire young minds and to advance the kind of science, math and technology education that will help youngsters take us to the next phase of space travel.
[to his wife Annie as he left to become the first American to orbit Earth] I'm going down to the corner to buy some chewing gum.
[on his historic flight orbiting the earth] The engines started.I could feel them light off as the capsule vibrated from their ignition. And I could hear the roar. While the engines built to their proper thrust, the booster remained on the pad, and then the big hold-down clamps dropped away and I could feel us go. I had always thought that it would seem slow, even smooth, like an elevator rising. Well, it wasn't like that at all. It was a solid and exhilarating surge of up and away.

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