Astronaut John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth, died Wednesday at the age of 95. Glenn completed a three-orbit flight in Friendship 7 in 1962. He later became a U.S. Senator in Ohio. At the age of 77, he returned to space and became the oldest person ever to launch.
Aerospace Engineering Professor Glenn Lightsey remembers an American hero.
John Glenn was a titanic figure in space exploration both as an astronaut and as a public advocate. It was easy to take for granted that he would always be there for us. He is irreplaceable and he will be sorely missed.
All of us who have dedicated our careers to this field owe him a debt of gratitude. We will see John in the stars every time we look up.
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