John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth (in 1962, aboard the ‘Friendship 7’ Mercury space capsule), and the oldest American in space (at age 77, aboard Space Shuttle Discovery) has died at the age of 95.
The last of the original ‘Mercury Seven’ astronauts, Glenn was also a four-time US Senator for Ohio, and even a one-time presidential candidate.
Glenn was always a staunch believer in America’s space program. His trail-blazing achievements paved the way for the names that followed — White, Armstrong, Lovell, Ride, and many others.
In the Star Trek: Voyager episode, “One Small Step,” Chakotay mentions John Glenn alongside fellow astronauts John Kelly, Rose Kumagawa, and Neil Armstrong as true space pioneers. In the 2011 Star Trek Ships of the Line calendar, a starship named the USS John Glen fought alongside the USS Enterprise-A and other ships in an unnamed planetary system.
Tonight, Glenn is among his beloved stars. No doubt they welcome him with open arms.
“Godspeed, John Glenn!”