Who is John Glenn?

written April 6, 2017, by Amanda Adamson

An American Hero:


John Glenn was many things throughout his life. A Marine pilot in World War II and the Korean War, an airplane test pilot setting a speed record flying between Los Angeles and New York in three and a half hours, one of NASA’s first astronauts, and a U.S. Senator.

A member of the first group of astronauts chosen by NASA, John Glenn was one of the “Mercury Seven.” His mission in orbit proved that the Mercury Spacecraft worked in space. In 1962, during the midst of the Cold War and at the height of the Space Race with Russia, Astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth. His flight lasted 4 hours and 55 minutes and he had circled the Earth a total of three times in the Mercury Spacecraft “Friendship 7.”

After leaving NASA he became the United States Senator of Ohio and held the position for 25 years. When he left office he worked with college students at Ohio State University in Columbus.

In 1998, John Glenn set another record as the oldest person in space. 36 years since he orbited Earth, he returned to space aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery with six other astronauts. He was 77 years old.

John Glenn passed away on December 8, 2016 at the age of 95. On Thursday April 6, 2017 at 9:20am his funeral began at Arlington Cemetery in Virginia.

A life full of wondrous achievements and world records, John Glenn was a true American Hero who will always be remembered.



With a stop at  Arlington Cemetery during your school’s next D.C. trip students will be able to see and pay tribute to this extraordinary man’s life.



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