Sunday, December 11, 2016

Farewell And God Speed John Glenn

Farewell and Godspeed, John Glenn (1921-2016)


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John Glenn (1921-2016)

He was a decorated combat fighter pilot in World War II and the Korean War.  In 1959 he was introduced to the world as one of the Original Seven chosen as astronauts for Project Mercury, and in 1962 he became the first American to orbit the Earth, completing three orbits in his Friendship 7 capsule.  He later had a distinguished career as a United States Senator, representing his home state of Ohio for 24 years. Then, 36 years after his historic spaceflight, he became the oldest person ever to fly in space, when at 77 years of age he completed 134 orbits aboard the Space Shuttle.  John Glenn, who was the last surviving member of the Mercury Seven, truly had the Right Stuff.

“Many of us remember, and will always remember, watching our black and white television sets as small children, transfixed by the flight of Friendship 7,” said Rick Zucker, Vice President (Policy) of Explore Mars, Inc. “We recall the liftoff, the flight that lasted a little less than 5 hours, and the harrowing reentry. We also remember the triumphant landing and recovery, and the ticker tape parade that followed as the nation celebrated.”

All of us at Explore Mars, all of the American people, and all of humanity, are deeply saddened by and mourn the loss of John Glenn, a hero to us all.

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