First American to orbit Earth, dies aged 95

Former Astronaut John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth, has died at 95.

Glenn is best known for circling the Earth in 1962 aboard the Friendship 7 space capsule and his achievement marked the moment the US caught up with the Soviet Union in manned space exploration.

He was an ex-marine and also a Democrat US Senator and he was briefly considered as a running mate for Democratic presidential candidate Jimmy Carter.

In 2011, Glenn received the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest civilian award and a year later, President Barack Obama presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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