Farewell to an American hero: Former astronaut John Glenn – the first man to orbit the earth – dies aged 95

Thursday, December 8, 2016
By Paul Martin

John Glenn has passed away at the age of 95
He was admitted last week to James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio
Glenn served as US senator from Ohio for 25 years
He made history on February 20, 1962 by becoming the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth, circling the globe three times
Glenn again made history in 1998 as the oldest man to go into space at the age o 77
He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Annie and his children, Carolyn and John Jr.

8 December 2016

Former senator John Glenn, an American war hero who went on to become the first astronaut to orbit the Earth, has passed away at the age of 95.

Glenn passed away on Thursday afternoon surrounded by family at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, over a week after he was first hospitalized for an unknown illness.

Glenn is survived by his wife of 73 years, Annie; his son John Glenn Jr.; his daughter Carolyn; and his grandchildren.

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