October 29, 1998 – Glenn, age 77, journies into space again

Parazynski, Robinson, Mukai, Duque, Glenn; Bottom: Lindsey, BrownAmerican astronaut John Glenn, Jr., was born on July 18, 1921 in Cambridge, Ohio. [Wikipedia] During his service in the Marines he was a fighter pilot. He was also an ordained Presbyterian elder, corporate executive, and politician. He was the third American to fly in space and the first American to orbit the Earth, aboard Friendship 7 in 1962.

After retiring from NASA, he served as a United States Senator (D-Ohio) from 1974 to 1999. He received the Congressional Space Medal of Honor in 1978. He became the oldest person to fly in space when, at the age of 77 in 1998, he flew aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-95).

Wikipedia says:

“Three decades later, after serving 24 years in the Senate, Glenn lifted off for a second space flight on October 29, 1998, on Space Shuttle Discovery’s STS-95, in order to study the effects of space flight on the elderly. At age 77, Glenn became the oldest person ever to go into space. Glenn’s participation in the nine-day mission was criticized by some in the space community as a junket for a politician. Others noted that Glenn’s flight offered valuable research on weightlessness and other aspects of space flight on the same person at two points in life thirty-five years apart — by far the longest interval between space flights by the same person. Upon the safe return of the STS-95 crew, Glenn (and his crewmates) received another ticker-tape parade, making him the ninth (and, as of 2007, final) person to have ever received multiple ticker-tape parades in his lifetime (as opposed to that of a sports team).”

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~ by tellinghistory on October 29, 2007.

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