News Alert!!: Columbus, OH: Former Astronaut and United States Senator John Glenn has died.
According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (N.A.S.A.) and Ohio State University, 95 year old John Glenn, a former astronaut and a United States Senator, has died at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio on Thursday, December 8th, 2016.
As the first American to orbit the Earth, John Glenn’s was one of the most instantly recognizable faces in the United States at the start of the Space Age.
It was author Tom Wolfe who dubbed him the nation’s “last true national hero,” and John Glenn rode that fame and love like a rocket into the United States Senate, serving Ohio for 24 years before returning to space again in 1998 at 77 years old — another first.
John Glenn’s body will lie in state at the Ohio Statehouse for one day, and a public memorial service will be held at Ohio State University.
John Glenn is to be buried in a private service at Arlington National Cemetery, but no dates has been announced.
Condolences have been coming in to the passing of John Glenn have been coming out and being posting on social media.
“John Glenn is, and always will be, Ohio’s ultimate hometown hero, and his passing today is an occasion for all of us to grieve. As we bow our heads and share our grief with his beloved wife, Annie, we must also turn to the skies, to salute his remarkable journeys and his long years of service to our state and nation,” said Ohio Governor John Kasich.
“We are saddened by the loss of Sen. John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth. A true American hero. Godspeed, John Glenn. Ad astra,” National Aeronautics and Space Administration (N.A.S.A.) wrote on Twitter.
“When John Glenn blasted off from Cape Canaveral atop an Atlas rocket in 1962, he lifted the hopes of a nation. And when his Friendship 7 spacecraft splashed down a few hours later, the first American to orbit the Earth reminded us that with courage and a spirit of discovery there’s no limit to the heights we can reach together. John always had the right stuff, inspiring generations of scientists, engineers and astronauts who will take us to Mars and beyond—not just to visit, but to stay,” United States of America President Barack Obama wrote in a statement.
“Today we lost a great pioneer of air and space in John Glenn. He was a hero and inspired generations of future explorers. He will be missed,” United States of America President Elect Donald J. Trump wrote on Twitter.
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