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  • Astronaut Mark Kelly announces bid for U.S. Senate

    Jason RhianFebruary 12th, 2019

    Four-time Space Shuttle veteran Mark Kelly let the world know on Twitter that he is going to try to join the U.S. Senate.

  • Photo Gallery: ULA launches S.S. John Glenn to orbit

    Derek RichardsonApril 19th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — In conditions reminiscent of American hero John Glenn's Friendship 7 flight in February 1962, Orbital ATK's OA-7 "S.S. John Glenn" Cygnus cargo ship, launching atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket, soared toward orbit to resupply the International Space Station.

  • Success, setbacks and silence: 2016 in review

    Jason RhianDecember 31st, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The past 12 months, for good or ill, have redefined space exploration. In 2016, efforts to expand the space frontier both resumed and retracted, visionaries made bold claims, while legends fell silent forever.

  • Photo Gallery: NASA’s Bill Ingalls photographs John Glenn in repose

    Derek RichardsonDecember 17th, 2016

    Former astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn laid in repose Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, at the Ohio Statehouse for the public to pay its respects. NASA photographer Bill Ingalls was there to photograph the event.

  • Eulogy: Marine, astronaut, senator – The life of John Glenn

    David BrownDecember 9th, 2016

    Few could ever hope to achieve in three lifetimes what John Glenn has done in one. As a father, husband, patriot, Marine test pilot, astronaut, senator, and even presidential candidate, Glenn's life has been one of drive, determination, and the willingness to meet and overcome any obstacle set before him.

  • Silent Seven: John Glenn, last Mercury astronaut, dies at 95

    Jason RhianDecember 8th, 2016

    He was the first American to ride fire to orbit – and the last of his Project Mercury brothers to pass beyond the veil. John Herschel Glenn, a NASA astronaut and former senator from Ohio, died on Dec. 8, 2016. He was 95. He leaves behind a legacy of space exploration that extends 36 years.

  • Former Astronaut, Senator John Glenn, hospitalized

    Bart LeahyDecember 7th, 2016

    Ninety-five-year-old former U.S. Senator John H. Glenn, the first American launched into orbit, has been taken to the James Cancer Hospital in Ohio with an undisclosed health problem. It is uncertain whether this hospitalization is related to a heart valve that Glenn has had replaced two years ago or due to a stroke. News reports state his health has been declining recently.

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: The odyssey of Friendship 7

    Collin SkocikFebruary 20th, 2016

    On Feb. 20, 1962, John Glenn became the third American to go into space, and the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth, aboard the tiny Mercury capsule Friendship 7. The flight served as one of the first steps in the nation's space exploration journey.

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: John Glenn orbits the Earth

    SpaceFlight InsiderFebruary 20th, 2015

    On Feb. 20, 1962, NASA launched one of the most important flights in U.S. history. This mission would pave the way for the nation’s future space exploration efforts. The pilot of this historic flight, John Glenn, became a national hero and a symbol of American ambition as he was the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth. […]

  • Friendship 7: February 20, 1962 – “Exploring Legends” interview with John Glenn

    SpaceFlight InsiderFebruary 20th, 2014

    On February 20, 1962, John Glenn boarded the Mercury Program’s Friendship 7 spacecraft to become the first American to orbit the Earth. To commemorate the 52nd anniversary of that event, The Spaceflight Group’s Social Media Director, Stacey Severn, shares her blog article about a memorable interview with Senator Glenn in New York City last spring

  • 2014 Astronaut Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

    Jason RhianFebruary 8th, 2014

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – Two space shuttle veterans have been tapped to enter into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame (AHoF). The announcement was made on Feb. 7 at the Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. The duo selected to enter the AHoF included the first astronaut to […]