John Glenn, the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth and former Ohio senator has passed away at the age of 95 on December 8, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. The historic space feat occurred on February 20th 1962 when Mr Glenn was 40 years old. Mr Glenn was one of seven astronauts to board the Friendship 7 which launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida. The orbit of the Earth had been done prior by two Soviets, Yuri A. Gagarin and Gherman S. Titov in 1961.
John Glenn was born July 18, 1921 in Cambridge, Ohio. He served in the US Air Force and Navy during World War II. Mr Glenn was also a Democratic senator of Ohio from 1974 to 1999. Mr Glenn ran for Democratic presidential nomination in 1984. On October 29, 1998 Mr Glenn, at age 77 had an opportunity to orbit the Earth once more on the space shuttle Discovery.
The New York Times reported that Mr Glenn had heart-valve replacement surgery in 2014 after experiencing a stroke. Mr Glenn is survived by his wife Anna Margaret Glenn (née Castor) and two children John David & Carolyn Ann.