The memory of John Glenn – the first American to orbit the Earth

His last flight he made at the age of 77, becoming the oldest person to visit space

John Glenn, the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth, died December 8 at age 95, a week after admission to hospital the Ohio state University.

In his statement, President Barack Obama stressed that with the departure of Glenn “our people have lost an idol, and Michelle and I lost a friend”. He commended Glenn for the fact that all his life he broke the barriers, including, setting a transcontinental speed record and becoming the oldest person to visit space.

Glenn was the last member of the “mercury 7”, which consisted of seven military test pilots selected in 1959 to become the first astronauts of America.

“The last of the first astronauts of America has left us, Obama said in his statement. – Inspired by their example, we know that our future here on Earth, – to continue to reach for the heavens”.

President-elect Donald trump tweeted about the death of Glenn: “Today we lost a great pioneer of air and space in the person of John Glenn. He was a hero that inspired generations of future researchers. He will be missed.”

Ellen Ochoa, Director of the Space center of NASA of a name of Johnson in Texas, said on Thursday: “Our country has lost a pioneer who made an enormous contribution to human flight in space and inspired many people around the world. … We lost an American hero, but we know that the legacy of Senator Glenn and his pioneering spirit will live on in the work we do every day, continuing to advance the human exploration of outer space for the benefit of mankind.”

After the service, a military pilot during world war II and the Korean conflict, John Glenn became a test pilot of fighter jets, the Navy and marine corps, and then was admitted to the first set of American astronauts, assembled in 1958 by the National Board of the USA on Aeronautics and research of space administration (NASA).

John Glenn became the first American astronaut, has committed an orbital flight, three orbit the Earth in nearly five hours of flight 20 February 1962.

During this flight, reaching a state of weightlessness, he told the engineers of mission control center became famous phrase: “Zero g and I feel fine.”

Glenn has also had political mandate amicii. He ran for the Democratic nomination for a seat in the U.S. Senate from the state of Ohio in 1964, but failed.

10 years after he still was elected to the Senate, and remained a Senator until 1999.

During the preceding his victory in the primaries rival Glenn Howard Metzenbaum accused him that he supposedly never had a real job. What Glenn said: “Come with me to mother, to receive the Gold Star mother whose son or daughter died in active military service of the United States], look her in the eye and tell her that her son had no job”.

A few months before his death, he was the oldest living former member of the Senate.

His last flight into space, Glenn made in 1998 at the age of 77 years. His participation in a 9-day mission, space Shuttle Discovery was criticized by some as not having scientific value. But supporters of the flight noted that data on the physical condition of Glenn during the flight can be compared with its maiden flight more than three decades ago, providing valuable information on how space flight affects the body in different ages.

After leaving the Senate in 1999, Glenn helped to establish the school of public service at the Ohio state University, which later became the College of public Affairs John Glenn. He worked as visiting Professor at this school.

Glenn has received numerous awards, including honorary degrees from several universities, the award Woodrow Wilson award for public service, awarded by the United States Senate for the public service and the Presidential medal of Freedom.