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Former Astronaut, U.S. Sen John Glenn Has Died At 95

December 8, 2016
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John Glenn, whose 1962 flight as the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth made him an all-American hero and propelled him to a long career in the U.S. Senate, died Thursday. The last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts was 95.

Glenn died at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, where he was hospitalized for more than a week.

Before he became known for orbiting the earth, he was a fighter pilot in two wars, and set a transcontinental speed record as a test pilot. He later served 24 years in the Senate from Ohio. Glenn had a failed 1984 run for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Glenn is survived by his wife, Anna Margaret Castor. They had two children, Carolyn and John David.

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