John Glenn, the last remaining Mercury astronaut, has died at the age of 95.
Not only was he the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth in 1962, he was also a recognized war hero, a senator, and later a presidential candidate.
During World War II, he flew in 59 combat missions, before becoming and early recruit into NASA's Mercury program.
Many years later, in 1998, John Glenn became the oldest person to fly in space, when he became part of the STS-95 crew aboard the space shuttle Discovery.
He rejoined the military after leaving NASA in 1964, leaving in 1965 due to injury.
In 1970, he ran for Senate in the state of Ohio. He lost the primary, although he did win a seat in 1974, and was elected as a Democrat.
During 1983/84 he also became a presidential candidate, but withdrew in 1984 after failing to secure any states in the primary contests.
John Glenn was the last of the Mercury 7 to pass away. The others in the crew were:
- Alan Shepard
- Gus Grissom
- Gordon Cooper
- Wally Schirra
- Deke Slayton
- Scott Carpenter
So if you're looking up at the night sky tonight, spare a brief thought for this war hero, and pioneering astronaut, John Glenn, and the others in the Mercury 7.