Glenn, John Herschel Jr.
Currently alive, at 93 years of age.
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)
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- "Humans always have fear of an unknown situation -- this is normal. The important thing is what we do about it. If fear is permitted to become a paralyzing thing that interferes with proper action, then it is harmful. The best antidote to fear is to know all we can about a situation."
- "For all the advances in medicine, there is still no cure for the common birthday."