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John Glenn
Chair of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee
In office
January 3, 1987 â€“ January 3, 1995
Preceded by William V. Roth Jr.
Succeeded by William V. Roth Jr.
United States Senator
from Ohio
In office
December 24, 1974 â€“ January 3, 1999
Preceded by Howard Metzenbaum
Succeeded by George Voinovich
Personal details
Born John Herschel Glenn Jr.
(1921-07-18)July 18, 1921
Cambridge, Ohio, U.S.
Died December 8, 2016(2016-12-08) (aged 95)
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Annie Castor (m. 1943–2016)
Children 2
Alma mater Muskingum University (BS)
University of Maryland
Civilian awards Congressional Gold Medal
Presidential Medal of Freedom
Congressional Space Medal of Honor
NASA Distinguished Service Medal
Military service
Service/branch U.S. Navy
U.S. Marine Corps
Years of service 1941–1965
Rank Colonel
Unit VMJ-353
25th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
Battles/wars World War II
Operation Beleaguer
Korean War
Military awards

Distinguished Flying Cross (6)
Air Medal (18)
Presidential Unit Citation
Navy Unit Commendation
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal
China Service Medal
Navy Occupation Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Korean Service Medal
United Nations Korea Medal
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation

NASA astronaut
Other names
John Herschel Glenn, Jr.
Other occupation
Test pilot
Time in space
4h 55m 23s
Selection 1959 NASA Group 1
Missions Mercury-Atlas 6
Mission insignia
Retirement January 16, 1964
NASA Payload Specialist
Time in space
9d 2h 39m
Missions STS-95
Mission insignia

To me, we have never really exploited our ability in low-Earth orbit.
We're not up there in space just to joyride around. We're up there to do things that are of value to everybody right here on Earth.
John Glenn
One of the first things I learned in the Marine Corps is that any military mission has to be defined as precisely as you can possibly define it, and then you size the force and equipment force to accomplish that mission without fail.
John Glenn
As far as trying to analyze all the attention I received, I will leave that to others.
John Glenn
I spent 23 years in the military. I think I'm in a good position to make those judgments on what is necessary in the military and what is not necessary, without buying a lot of things that would not really add to our security.
John Glenn
I wouldn't oppose a women's astronaut training program; I just see no requirement for it.
John Glenn
It's something to see a satellite being launched from another satellite.
John Glenn
I have no political affiliations and have always and do now consider myself an independent.
John Glenn
People keep talking about how we have to go to Mars. We may want to go to Mars sometime.
John Glenn
If people like Edison had waited to make every – or Ben Franklin or some of those people had waited to solve every problem on Earth before they did their research or before they were curious about doing something new, we'd never have made a lot of the progress we have.
John Glenn
This is a day we have managed to avoid for a quarter of a century.
There is still no cure for the common birthday.
An end of something means the beginning of something else, and I don't think that something else is going to be the death of the manned space program.
John Glenn
The political graveyards are full of people who don't respond.
I pray every day and think everybody should.
I think even in bad times it's good to keep some money going into research. And that's the purpose of the whole space program. It's not just exploration and going to see how far we can go out into space and keep people alive and bring them back, although exploration certainly has its place.
John Glenn
You can always say that it was scarce dollars when Lewis and Clark wanted to go to the West Coast and explore the West. And people complained about it, I understand, from a reading of the history books.
John Glenn
It has been my observation that the happiest of people, the vibrant doers of the world, are almost always those who are using – who are putting into play, calling upon, depending upon-the greatest number of their God-given talents and capabilities.
John Glenn
The best space movie in my view is 'Apollo 13.' That's just the way it happened.
John Glenn
I can't say I've ever had a dream about space or that I ponder it all the time.
John Glenn
The time will come when we permit more people in space.
The Discovery was the most intricate, complex machine man has ever built. It's a testament to our time.
John Glenn
Any administration foolish enough to call ketchup a vegetable cannot be expected to cut the mustard.
John Glenn
When the new becomes commonplace, people become accustomed to it. That's a tribute to our sense of adventure.
John Glenn
In the old days, the Soviets were using space as a selling point for communism.
John Glenn
I do not have to watch late-night television, watch a movie, to find out what combat is like.
John Glenn
I was hooked on aviation, made model airplanes, and never thought I would be able to fly myself. It cost too much. But then World War II came along and changed all that.
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We had 83 different space research projects on my last space flight in '98, and they covered the whole gamut.
John Glenn
The conquest of space is not merely a technological project of interest to a handful of select scientists and specialists, valuable though that research and information may be.
John Glenn
Just to continue a space program because it's a space program? No, I don't think we have an obligation for that.
John Glenn
Those old westerns are the movies I grew up with on Saturday afternoons at the theater.
John Glenn
Probably, had World War II not come along and intervened, I would have tried to be a doctor. My son's a doctor, and I still take some medical journals to this day.
John Glenn
If you go to the Air and Space Museum in Washington, you can see the burn patterns on Friendship 7.
John Glenn
Everywhere that Americans spread off the Eastern seaboard, heading west across this country, they put up the schoolhouse first, hired a schoolteacher, and put all the kids in school.
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I don't know what you could say about a day in which you have seen four beautiful sunsets.
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I supported the efforts in Honduras to stop the flow of arms from Nicaragua across to El Salvador.
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I'm not interested in my legacy. I made up a word: 'live-acy.' I'm more interested in living.
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Old folks have dreams and ambitions too, like everybody else. Don't sit on a couch someplace.
John Glenn
Quite often, while I'm getting up in the morning, I think my warranty is running out on these body parts because it's not working quite the way it used to.
John Glenn
Fear connotes something that interferes with what you're doing.
I've never let people push me around in politics.
I liked flying, when I got into it, loved it. And I found I was very good at it. I'm not modest about the fact that I was a good pilot.
John Glenn
As far as entertainment, 'The Right Stuff' is a good movie. As far as a documentary of the early space days, which they purported it to be, it is not at all.
John Glenn
I say let's not gamble with American jobs and America's future.
You can't relive your life.
I didn't see Saddam Hussein as being quite the danger that some other people did.
John Glenn
In orbit, you're keyed up and aware of everything going on, every little noise, anything that may have special meaning because of where you are.
John Glenn
The space station is the most unique laboratory we've ever built. The reason we have it is to do research on materials, people, medical matters, pharmaceuticals – the possibilities are nearly endless.
John Glenn
I've seen John Wayne's 'True Grit' about 10 times.
You should run your life not by the calendar but how you feel, and what you're interests are and ambitions.
John Glenn
The most important thing we can do is inspire young minds and to advance the kind of science, math and technology education that will help youngsters take us to the next phase of space travel.
John Glenn