This man was my personal hero...
(RNN) - The first American to orbit Earth has died.
John Glenn, the last surviving member of NASA's original astronauts - known as the Mercury Seven - and a former Ohio senator, passed away in Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center, the university confirmed.
"The Ohio State University community deeply mourns the loss of John Glenn, Ohio’s consummate public servant and a true American hero," said university President Michael V. Drake. "He leaves an undiminished legacy as one of the great people of our time."
He was surrounded by his family in his final hours. Glenn recently was hospitalized at The James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State.
He was also the oldest person to fly in space and the only astronaut to fly in both the Mercury and space shuttle programs. Glenn was also the oldest living former U.S. senator.
Edited by syzmic, 09 December 2016 - 03:54 AM.