|Chair of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee|
January 3, 1987 â€“ January 3, 1995
|Preceded by||William V. Roth Jr.|
|Succeeded by||William V. Roth Jr.|
|United States Senator
December 24, 1974 â€“ January 3, 1999
|Preceded by||Howard Metzenbaum|
|Succeeded by||George Voinovich|
|Born||John Herschel Glenn Jr.
July 18, 1921
Cambridge, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||December 8, 2016
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Annie Castor (m. 1943â€“2016)|
|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
U.S. Marine Corps
|Years of service||1941â€“1965|
25th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
|Battles/wars||World War II
Distinguished Flying Cross (6)
|John Herschel Glenn, Jr.|
Time in space
|4h 55m 23s|
|Selection||1959 NASA Group 1|
|Retirement||January 16, 1964|
|NASA Payload Specialist|
Time in space
|9d 2h 39m|
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.
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.
As far as trying to analyze all the attention I received, I will leave that to others.
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.
I wouldn't oppose a women's astronaut training program; I just see no requirement for it.
It's something to see a satellite being launched from another satellite.
I have no political affiliations and have always and do now consider myself an independent.
People keep talking about how we have to go to Mars. We may want to go to Mars sometime.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The best space movie in my view is 'Apollo 13.' That's just the way it happened.
I can't say I've ever had a dream about space or that I ponder it all the time.
The Discovery was the most intricate, complex machine man has ever built. It's a testament to our time.
Any administration foolish enough to call ketchup a vegetable cannot be expected to cut the mustard.
When the new becomes commonplace, people become accustomed to it. That's a tribute to our sense of adventure.
In the old days, the Soviets were using space as a selling point for communism.
I do not have to watch late-night television, watch a movie, to find out what combat is like.
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.
We had 83 different space research projects on my last space flight in '98, and they covered the whole gamut.
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.
Just to continue a space program because it's a space program? No, I don't think we have an obligation for that.
Those old westerns are the movies I grew up with on Saturday afternoons at the theater.
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.
If you go to the Air and Space Museum in Washington, you can see the burn patterns on Friendship 7.
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.
I don't know what you could say about a day in which you have seen four beautiful sunsets.
I supported the efforts in Honduras to stop the flow of arms from Nicaragua across to El Salvador.
I'm not interested in my legacy. I made up a word: 'live-acy.' I'm more interested in living.
Old folks have dreams and ambitions too, like everybody else. Don't sit on a couch someplace.
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.
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.
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.
I didn't see Saddam Hussein as being quite the danger that some other people did.
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.
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.
You should run your life not by the calendar but how you feel, and what you're interests are and ambitions.
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.