John Glenn, American 'icon,' astronaut, former U.S. senator, dies at 95

US astronaut and senator John Glenn has died at the age of 95

US astronaut and senator John Glenn has died at the age of 95

US President Barack Obama has led tributes to the astronaut and former senator John Glenn, who died on Thursday aged 95. Glenn was part of Mercury Seven, NASA's select group of seven astronauts to make the first journeys to space. Glenn's feat was celebrated with a ticker-tape parade in New York City and he also met with President John F. Kennedy.

I doubt if anyone of age in 1962 can forget the heart-stopping moment when Glenn's capsule lost communication because he was entering Earth's atmosphere and the cone of fire that was enveloping Friendship 7.

Glenn, who was born in 1921 in Cambridge, Ohio, will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia.

Boehner says in a statement released Thursday evening by a spokesman that he offers his and his wife Debbie's condolences to Glenn's widow, Annie, and his family and joins fellow Ohioans in mourning. He served four terms in Congress, leaving in 1999.

In accordance with President Obama's call, flags should remain lowered until sunset on the day of Glenn's internment.

Guenter Wendt, right, the original pad leader for NASA's manned space program, coaxes a smile out of astronaut John Glenn after the 1962 MA-6 mission was scrubbed in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

His mission of nearly nine days on the space shuttle orbiter Discovery, launched October 29, 1998, when he was 77, made him the oldest human to venture into space.

US Mercury program astronauts in their space suits pose for a family
US Mercury program astronauts in their space suits pose for a family

The son of a plumber, Glenn flew 59 combat missions in the South Pacific during World War II, taking direct hits several times but always returned to his airbase.

Glenn will lie in state at the Ohio Statehouse next week and a memorial service at Ohio State University's Mershon Auditorium is being planned to take place after that.

He tells The Columbus Dispatch that anyone who's lived in New Concord for a while knows the Glenns.

This story has been corrected to show the name of the institution is John Glenn College of Public Affairs, not John Glenn School of Public Affairs, and the woman's surname is Grujoski, not Grujoksi.

He was a senate member for 24 years and ran unsuccessfully for the presidency in 1984.

John Glenn worked to distinguish his Senate career as distinct from his early astronaut career.

"There's not a man on this Earth that I admired much more than John Glenn".

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