Hi, everyone. It’s a sad day today. Senator John Glenn has died; he was 95. Sen. Glenn was the last living member of America’s original Mercury 7 astronauts. With his passing, the last link to the heroic dawn of the American Space Age is gone. He became the first American to orbit the Earth, the third American in space, when he flew his Friendship 7 spacecraft in February 1962. In 1998, while still serving as a U.S. senator from Ohio, he became the oldest person in space when, at 77, he flew aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery on STS-95.
I don’t have much first-hand memory of him. I’m too young to remember the Mercury program, but I remember smiling when my grandfather, who used to tell me stories about him, called to tell me the news that he’d be flying in space again. I always loved the way he was portrayed in Tom Wolfe’s book “The Right Stuff” and by Ed Harris in the movie. If you have any memories of him, I’d love to hear them.
In this year that has taken so many great people, it’s sad he’s gone now, too.
Farewell, Senator, and thank you.