NSS Congratulates Astronaut John Glenn on His 90th Birthday
(Washington, DC -- July 18, 2011)
NSS joins in commemorating the 90th birthday of astronaut John Glenn. The pioneering explorer was the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth and also was the oldest person to fly to space when he launched on the space shuttle in 1998.
After a distinguished flying career with the Marines in World War II and Korea, Glenn joined NASA in 1959 as one of the country's first astronauts in Project Mercury. On February 20, 1962, Glenn piloted the Mercury-Atlas 6 "Friendship 7" spacecraft on the first U.S. manned orbital mission. He launched from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to successfully complete three orbits of the Earth.
Glenn flew to space again on the the STS-95 mission in 1998 aboard the space shuttle Discovery. As a mission specialist, Glenn supported deployment of a variety of research payloads and participated in investigations about spaceflight and the aging process.