BirthdayJuly 18, 1921
BirthplaceCambridge, USA

Celebrity biographies

  1. About John Glenn

    Full name: John Glenn
    Also known as: Bob Glenn, John H. Glenn, Jr., John Glenn, Glenn, John
    Education: Muskingum University
    Professions: American astronaut and politician
    Nationality: American
    Work: John Glenn's Flight on Friendship 7, MA-6 – as heard on KCBS Radio

  2. John Glenn Measurements

    Height: 5' 10½" (1.79 m)

  3. John Glenn Biography

    John Herschel Glenn, Jr. (born July 18, 1921), (Col, USMC, Ret.), is a former American pilot, engineer, astronaut and United States senator. He was a combat aviator in the U.S. Marine Corps, and is now the only surviving member of the Mercury Seven: the elite U.S. military test pilots selected by NASA to operate the experimental Mercury spacecraft and who became the first American astronauts.On February 20, 1962, Glenn flew the Friendship 7 mission and became the first American to orbit the Earth and the fifth person in space, after cosmonauts Yuri Gagarin and Gherman Titov and the suborbital missions of fellow Mercury Seven astronauts Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom. In 1965, Glenn retired from the military and resigned from NASA so he could be eligible to stand for election to public office. A member of the Democratic Party, he was elected to represent Ohio in the U.S. Senate from 1974 to 1999.Glenn received a Congressional Space Medal of Honor in 1978, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012. He was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in 1990. On October 29, 1998, while still a sitting senator, he became the oldest person to fly in space, and the only one to fly in both the Mercury and Space Shuttle programs, when at age 77, he flew on Discovery (STS-95). Glenn is also the earliest-born American to go to orbit, and the second earliest-born man overall after Soviet cosmonaut Georgy Beregovoy who was born three months and three days earlier. With the death of Scott Carpenter on October 10, 2013, Glenn is the last surviving member of the Mercury 7.

  4. John Glenn Family

    Spouse: Annie Castor

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