John Glenn's groundbreaking career as an astronaut made him an American hero and an inspiration to people around the globe. This interactive feature highlights important moments in John Glenn's life.
John Herschel Glenn, Jr. was born July 18, 1921 in Cambridge, Ohio. He was selected as a Project Mercury astronaut in 1959.
As the pilot of Mercury Friendship 7, John Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth. He became a national hero and a symbol of American ambition.
In 1998, the first American to orbit the Earth made history again. He became the oldest man ever to fly in space.
In 1999, the Lewis Research Center was officially renamed the NASA John H. Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field. The center celebrated with a day of festivities.
John Glenn was presented with an Ambassador of Exploration award.
The John Glenn Biomedical Engineering Consortium was established in 2002.
The John Glenn School of Public Affairs is located at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
The John and Annie Glenn Historic Site and Exploration Center is located in New Concord, Ohio.