The greatest generation truly achieved some spectacular goals, launching America into an unprecedented period of growth. From the airplane to the television to space travel, the world was revolutionized over and over by hardworking Americans who dared to dream big.
America today lost one of it’s biggest dreamers.
A war hero, a Congressman, and one of the greatest explorers who ever lived, John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth. And now he has passed on to the next adventure.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Former astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn has died, according to the Columbus Dispatch. He was 95.
Glenn was hospitalized “more than a week ago,” according to Ohio State University spokesman Hank Wilson.
He became the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962.
Glenn piloted the Mercury space capsule, dubbed Friendship 7, and circled the planet three times in just under five hours on February 20, 1962. Of the original seven US astronauts who made up Project Mercury — Glenn, Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, Gordon Cooper, Scott Carpenter, Walter Schirra and Donald Slayton — Glenn was the last surviving member.
Prior to his career as an astronaut, Glenn flew 149 missions during World War II and the Korean War and received multiple medals and decorations, including the Distinguished Flying Cross on six occasions.
Take a moment today to mourn for one of America’s bravest men, but also celebrate his great bravery to test the limits of human ingenuity. He will be missed.