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American astronaut John Glenn (1921-2016) in his Space Shuttle Discovery spacesuit prior to mission STS- 95. With the launch of this mission in 1998 Glenn, at the age of 77, became the oldest person to enter Earth orbit. He was also the first American to enter orbit, when he manned the Friendship 7 spacecraft on 20 February 1962. At the time of the Space Shuttle fight Glenn was also a United States Senator for Ohio.
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