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First American To Orbit Earth - John Glenn Dead At 95
Updated December 9, 2016 7:06 AM
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John Glenn stands beside a Mercury capsule during training at Cape Canaveral, Fla., in 1962. Bettmann Archive/Getty Images

(COLUMBUS, OH.) - The first American to orbit the Earth has died. John Glenn was the last surviving member of the original Mercury astronauts. He would later have a long political career as a U.S. senator, but that didn't stop his pioneering ways.

Glenn made history a second time in 1998, when he flew aboard the shuttle Discovery to become the oldest person to fly in space.

Glenn was 95 when he died; he had been hospitalized in an Ohio State University medical center in Columbus since last week.

Glenn had been battling health issues since a stroke a few years ago. His death Thursday was confirmed by Hank Wilson, communications director of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at the Ohio State University.



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