John Glenn made the history in astronomy by traveling twice around the earth orbit as the first American and also first senior citizen to venture into space, died on Thursday at the age of 95 years.He became the symbol of strength and inspiring the people of all ages while pioneering the nation’s spirit, drawing the attention of everyone from all walks and had a long career in the military, then NASA and then joined US Senate.
He was the part of “Original Seven” along the other six other military pilots which was the very first class of US astronauts in the year 1959. Its saga was recounted in the “The Right Stuff” a classic movie.
NASA was the first US space agency to pay tribute to the Glenn, The legendary astronaut who served as a lawmaker for more than twenty years, called him as “a true American hero.”
NASA tweeted,”Godspeed, John Glenn. Ad Astra,” repeating the famous words of his fellow astronaut Scott Carpenter to Glenn before the earth orbit of him in 1962.
Glenn passed away at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus in Ohio said by the Hank Wilson who is the spokesman for the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. The reason for this death was not declared immediately after he expired.
President Barack Obama said that “With John’s passing, our nation has lost an icon and Michelle and I have lost a friend,” He also added “John always had the right stuff, inspiring generations of scientists, engineers, and astronauts who will take us to Mars and beyond – not just to visit, but to stay,”
The astronaut had been facing severe health issues, who had undergone the Heart valve surgery in 2014 and reportedly suffered from the stroke and he was hospitalized in Columbus for more than a week before he passed away.
Secretary of State John Kerry paying tribute to the legend said that “John is one of the best and bravest men I’ve ever known,” adding to it he said Glenn was an inspiration.
Former President Bill Clinton also said “I was honored to approve sending John back into space in 1998, making him, at age 77, the oldest person to ever make the journey,” and paid tribute to Glenn, while signing a statement along with his wife Hillary Clinton after her defeat In US Elections. He said, “How lucky we were to have him so long.”