The First US Astronaut To Circle The Globe, John Glenn, Has Died
He was a space age hero turned US Senator.
By Dan Vergano

Godspeed, once more, John Glenn. The astronaut whose circling of the Earth restored US pride at the dawn of the moon race, has died at age 95, Ohio Governor John Kasich said.

He was the first American to orbit the Earth, in the Friendship 7 mission in 1962, and the oldest man to ever fly into space, aboard the the space shuttle Discovery in 1998, while still a US Senator.

“He was an American hero and a true public servant,” space historian John Logsdon of George Washington University told BuzzFeed News. “With John Glenn, what you saw was what you got.”

“Godspeed, John Glenn,” intoned astronaut Scott Carpenter as the Mercury 7 capsule ascended into the heavens on its historic 1962 launch, a signature moment of the space race.