Former Astronaut John Glenn has just passed away at the age of 95 according to multiple sources. He was hospitalized earlier today, and it was announced minutes ago that he has passed away.
John Glenn was also a war veteran and former senator.
Glenn became the first person from the United States to orbit the earth in 1962 during the Cold War, which was itself a historical point the world over. He served as a pilot during WWII and flew a F9F Panther jet intercepter during the Korean War. He was recruited by Nasa in 1958.
Glenn returned to space on shuttle in 1998 at the age 77 and subsequently became the oldest human to ever go into space.
Glenn was born in Ohio and that’s where he passed away today. Ohio was the same state he represented as a senator. President of Ohio State University, Michael Drake, released a statement that said in part, “The Ohio State University community deeply mourns the loss of John Glenn, Ohio’s consummate public servant and a true American hero. He leaves an undiminished legacy as one of the great people of our time.”
Glenn’s wife Annie passed away earlier this year.