Friday, 9 December 2016

US pioneering astronaut John Glenn dies

Space pioneer and former US senator John Glenn died today at the age of 95, after a brief stay in hospital. One of the original Mercury Seven astronauts, Glenn was America's first man to orbit the Earth on February 20, 1962 aboard the Mercury-Atlas Friendship Seven space capsule. He later went on to serve in the United States Senate for 25 years and became the world's oldest astronaut in 1998 when he returned to space as a passenger/specialist on STS-95 Discovery.

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