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John Glenn

Tthe First American to Orbit the Earth
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Net worth 2018: $5 Million
Residence: Cambridge
Country: United States
BirthDay: 18 July 1921
Sigh: Leo
Height: 1.79 m
Education: Muskingum University

John Glenn was bornon 18 July 1921 in Cambridge, American, is Tthe First American to Orbit the Earth. The first American astronaut to orbit the earth, the third and the oldest American to make it to space, John Glenn is a man who has donned numerous hats in his lifetime. Before he became a legendary hero, he was a dedicated countryman who served in the United Sates Military, Navy and the Marine Corps. He served in the World War II and the Korean War, leading and flying many successful missions. Soon after, he became a test pilot and received a Distinguished Flying Cross for his record non-stop supersonic transcontinental flight from Los Angeles to New York. He was later recruited into NASA. On-board the ‘Friendship 7' spaceship, he successfully encircled the earth three times, thus becoming the first American to orbit the Earth. He then retired from NASA and became the United States Senator from Ohio and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs. He passionately campaigned against nuclear weapons all through his tenure in the Senate. He has received numerous awards and decorations including the NASA service medal, the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom among many others.


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In 2006, he and his wife met with an automobile accident and were admitted in the hospital for two days


On October 29, 1998, while he was still holding the office of the Senate, he boarded the ‘Discovery’ space shuttle and ventured for a nine-day mission, thus becoming the oldest man to fly in space


He was also appointed as the Chairman of the Governmental Affairs Committee, a position he held until 1995


In 1991, he travelled to Kuwait, where he led the congressional delegation, after the Persian Gulf War


In April 1983, he stood in the race for the presidential candidacy and ran as a centrist, but later on in March the following year, he quit the race because of the poor showings in the early primary elections


In 1978, he became the chief author of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Act


In 1976, he also made his bid for the Democratic vice presidential nomination


On December 24, 1974, he took office as a United States Senator from Ohio, finally winning after a few failed attempts


In 1963, he resigned from his position in NASA and decided to run for the office of the Senator in his native state, Ohio


The journey not only recorded the first average supersonic speed but also the first continuous transcontinental panoramic photograph of the United StatesTwice in his lifetime, he ventured out in the space, first as one of the seven astronauts and the first American who orbited the Earth three times aboard ‘Friendship 7’ space shuttle on February 20, 1962 and later being one of the crew members for ‘Discovery’ which entailed on a nine-day mission


It was the first supersonic transcontinental flightIn 1958, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was formed


He completed the mission ‘Project Bullet’ on July 16, 1957, which involved him piloting the first supersonic transcontinental flight, from Los Angeles to New York, in a Vought F8U-1P Crusader, in a record, 3 hours, 23 minutes and 8


From 1943, he received advanced flight training at the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi


In March 1942, he was commissioned as a United States Navy aviation cadet and was trained at the Naval Air Station Olathe, Kansas


In 1941, he obtained a license as a private pilot after he finished a course in physics and received a credit

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