Senator John Glenn (D-Ohio), a revered astronaut turned dedicated senator, passed away on Thursday in his home state of Ohio at age 95.
Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth aboard NASA's Friendship 7 in 1962, then was elected in 1974 to Ohio senator and went on to serve four terms. Years later he again broke records for NASA, becoming the oldest person in space at age 77 aboard NASA's shuttle Discovery in 1998. Prior to that, he fought in 149 missions as a pilot in World War II and Korean War.
Here are nine memorable photos of John Glenn from his admirable and accomplished life:
Sen. John Glenn answers questions during a roundtable panel discussion titled "Learning from the Past to Innovate for the Future" Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio. (Jay LaPrete/AP Photo)
US astronaut John Glenn enters into the Mercury Friendship 7 capsule in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on February 20, 1962, prior to the launch of the spacecraft for the first US manned orbital flight ever. (AFP/Getty Images)
This NASA photo shows then astronaut John Glenn in the Friendship 7 spacecraft during his flight around the Earth in 1962. (AFP/Getty Images)
Astronaut and US Senator John Glenn, his wife Annie, and the crew of the recently completed Space Shuttle Discovery mission parade in New York's "Canyon of Heroes" as the crew is given a ticker tape parade in 1998. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)
In this February 1962 NASA photo, astronaut John Glenn looks into a Celestial Training Device globe at the Aeromedical Laboratory at Cape Canaveral, Fla. (NASA via AP)
US astronaut John Glenn poses during a training session a month before his February 20, 1962 space flight aboard in the Mercury capsule Friendship 7 in which he became the first American to orbit the Earth. (AFP/Getty Images)
In this Sept. 23, 1977 photo, Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, speaks on the steps of the Capitol in Washington to a group of Youngstown, Ohio Steelworkers who wish to curb steel imports and relax pollution control requirements. (Harvey Georges/AP Photo
In this Jan. 18, 1984 photo, Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, answers questions from the press alongside his wife Annie in Jackson, Miss. (Tannen Maury/AP Photo)
In this Friday, Aug. 29, 2008 file photo, astronauts Neil Armstrong, left, the first man to walk on the moon, John Glenn Jr., center, the first American to orbit earth, and James Lovell, right, commander of Apollo 13, stand at a gathering of 19 of the astronauts who call Ohio home in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Jason Miller, File)
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