I just found out that John Glenn passed away today at the age of 95!
I have always been interested in space. We didn’t learn much about it in school; however, even from a young age, it fascinated me. I remember we were having a picnic at a nearby lake when the Apollo mission landed on the moon. We had brought a portable radio to listen to it. Everyone was either listening to their own radios or moving towards one to hear those magic words “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”.
For some reason, one of the real standouts of the original astronauts was John Glenn. I was only four when he became the first American astronaut to circle the earth in 1962. But as I read books on the subject, watched movies, etc. I thought Mr. Glenn was pretty cool. One thing I remember reading was that
One thing I remember reading was that NASA wouldn’t let him go up again because he was too valuable and thinking that didn’t make sense. He had a colorful political career and then, on October 29, 1998 John Glenn went back into space on the Shuttle Discovery. He was 77 years-old!
John Glenn was not without scandal and criticism. But who is? He was a real American hero at a time when the U.S. needed one!
Rest in Peace, John Glenn.