>> Astronaut John Glenn->> The first American to orbit the earth, and later the world's oldest astronaut, John Glenn, died Thursday at the age of 95 in his home state of Ohio. On Twitter, NASA wishing him Godspeed, the same famous expression said to Glenn in 1962, just before he rocketed into space for his three laps around the earth, in the Friendship 7 capsule.
All of America watched that historic flight which was credited with reviving US pride after the Soviet Union's early domination of manned space exploration. And began the Kennedy era quest to explore outer space as a new frontier. Glenn became a quick favorite of the President and his brother Robert, who encouraged him to run for political office.
But not before entering the business world as an executive for Royal Crown Cola. A career that made him a millionaire. Glenn's political career finally took off in the 1970's when he was elected to the US Senate, helped in part by an outstanding war record as a decorated fighter pilot in World War II and the Korean War.
He served as an Ohio Senator for 24 years as a moderate Democrat. Glenn was the last surviving member of the original seven Mercury astronauts who inspired the 1979 book and subsequent movie The Right Stuff. The book's author, Tom Wolfe, called Glenn, quote, the last true national hero America has ever had.