John Glenn

The third American in space, the first to orbit Earth

John Glenn Summary

John was born on July 18, 1921 in Cambridge, Ohio. I was raised in New Concord, Ohio. I went to college at Muskingum University. I left school to go fight in World War II as a Marine Pilot. After he became a airplane test pilot. Then he became a NASA astronaut. After that he became an U.S senator for Ohio for 25 years. Now he is working with the students at Ohio State University.

John Glenn accomplishments

  • In 1957, Glenn set a speed record when he flew from Los Angeles to New York in 3 hours and 23 minutes.
  • Flew a total of 149 mission during World War ll and the Korean War and received multiple medals and decorations, including the Distinguished Flying Cross on six occasions.
  • He is the first American to orbit the Earth.
  • He is the oldest person ever to venture into space, he was 77 years old. ( venture means to do something or go somewhere dangerous or risky.
  • NASA awards him the Ambassador of Exploration award.
  • Receives the Congressional Gold Medal for distinguished Astronauts and The Presidential Medal of Freedom.

John Glenn Biography

He was born July 18, 1921. He is still alive today. His first flight to space with NASA was in 1962 on Friendship 7.

John Glenn's missions

John Glenn was is the Mercury-Atlas 6 and STS 95. Both missions were successful with everyone returning safely.

The goal of Mercury-Atlas 6 was to have a man orbit the Earth, the goal was met with John Glenn being the first man to orbit the earth.

The goal of STS-95 was just to send the oldest man into space, the goal was met with John Glenn being 77 years old.