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« on: December 09, 2016, 10:16:09 am »

Dear ladies and gentlemen:

Today I sadly announce the passing of John Herschel Glenn Jr., the famed American astronaut who on February 20, 1962 became the 3rd. man to go in full orbit, and the 4th man to go into space, after Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom's suborbital flights (May 5 1961 and July 21 1961, respectively) and after the Russian cosmonauts Yuri Gagarin (April 12 1961) and Gherman Titov (August 6 1961) had achieved full orbital flights around the Earth.


John Glenn in his Mercury Programme space suit



Glenn is best known for his space mission where he completed 3 orbits around the Earth, aboard the Friendship 7 capsule. Friendship 7 in turn was mounted on the Mercury-Atlas 6 launch system, which some of you may remember from the saga of the Mercury astronauts as immortalized in the 1983 film "The Right Stuff".


Computer-generated image of the Friendship 7 spaceraft




Launch of the Frienship 7 on February 20 1962




Photo taken by Glenn during his 3 orbits around Earth, The picture was taken with an inexpensive Ansco Autoset camera (a rebadged Minolta Hi-Matic)




However, he was also an accomplished U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War where he flew as a jet interceptor pilot, although he was more infamous than famous for his seeming ability to "attract" flak from enemy gunfire in his "MiG Mad Marine" F9F Panther.


John Glenn's F9F Panther, the "MiG Mad Marine"


Later in 1962, after becoming a national hero, Glenn found himself being purposely blocked by the late President John F. Kennedy from embarking on more dangerous space missions. Curiously, due to his gregarious nature, NASA psychologists had determined during Glenn's training that among all the Mercury astronauts he had the best personality suited for public life. Based on those observations, and a suggestion by President Kennedy's brother, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, John Glenn began a political career.  He began his political career by running against incumbent US Senator representing the State of Ohio, Stephen M. Young in 1964. While his first attempts failed, eventually the would serve in the the Senate (Upper House) of the US Congress from 1974 through to 1999 when he retired from his political career.


John Glenn as United States Senator representing the State of Ohio



Controversially, in what many people consider a political stunt granted by President Clinton in 1998, John Glenn returned to space aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery at the age of 77, thus becoming the oldest person to visit space. His mission this time was to serve as Payload Specialist for the STS-95 mission. According to Glenn himself his mission was to use himself as a research subject to make physiological measurements and compare his results to younger astronauts, and gain an insight on the evolution of the immune system, metabolism, and study changes in the heart of older astronauts.

John Glenn, age 77, aboard Space Shuttle Discovery during the STS-95 mission (1998)


After  a successful heart valve replacement surgery in 2014, and due to a variety of medical issues, John Glenn's health took a nosedive, ultimately being hospitalized at the Cleveland Clinic. Glenn died on December 8, 2016, at the OSU Wexner Medical Center, where he passed to the next world in the presence of his wife, Annie, and their children and grandchildren.


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God Speed, John Glenn.

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« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2016, 04:16:40 pm »

Mr. Glenn was a remarkable person who should be long remembered.
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« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2016, 06:37:52 pm »

Passing of a Legend!

Now will 2016 STOP with the reaping
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« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2016, 09:49:25 pm »

WE NEED MORE LIKE HIM!
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« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2016, 10:43:03 pm »

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« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2016, 12:39:59 am »

I should probably recommend watching the 1983 movie "The Right Stuff," which revolves around the Mercury Programme. It is a little long, but a thoroughly enjoyable movie. I'll try to download it and show it at a small Christmas party I'm organizing.

The Right Stuff Theatrical Trailer
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