Home » Astronauts » Glenn, John Herschel Jr.

Glenn, John Herschel Jr.

Born: 1921 AD
Currently alive, at 95 years of age.
Nationality:
Categories:

US astronaut and Democratic politician

 

piloted F8U-1 Crusader from Los Angeles to New York 1957 (1st transcontinental supersonic flight), in 3 hours 23 minutes

 

chosen 1959 as member of original Mercury 7

 

1st American to orbit Earth 1962, aboard Friendship 7

 

Senator from Ohio 1974-1999

 

candidate for Democratic presidential nomination 1984

 

chairman of Senate Governmental Affairs Committee 1987-1995

 

member of Keating Five

 

returned to space aboard shuttle Discovery 1998 (oldest human in space

 

3rd incumbent member of Congress in space)