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John Glenn

John Glenn
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George Tames, 1919 - 1994
John Herschel Glenn, Jr., 18 Jul 1921 - 8 Dec 2016
Gelatin silver print
Image: 34.1cm x 26.7cm (13 7/16" x 10 1/2")
Sheet: 35.3cm x 27.9cm (13 7/8" x 11")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Frances O. Tames, Copyright New York Times
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Born Cambridge, Ohio
The third American in space, John Glenn was the first of the original group of astronauts ("The Mercury 7") to orbit the earth, which he did in Friendship 7 on February 20, 1962; this photograph was taken at the parade celebrating that feat. Glenn came to NASA after a distinguished career in the Marine Corps. He was a fighter pilot during both World War II and Korea, and afterward he became a test pilot, making some of the first supersonic flights. Glenn left the space program soon after his orbital mission. After a career in business he entered politics, serving as a Democratic senator from his home state of Ohio from 1974 to 1995. In 1998, at age seventy-seven, he returned to space, flying on a mission of the shuttle Discovery.
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