John Glenn: First American astronaut to orbit Earth dies at 95 Play

John Glenn: First American astronaut to orbit Earth dies at 95

John Glenn, former astronaut and US senator, died on 8 December in Ohio. He was 95. The ex-Marine was admitted at a hospital for over a week. He is survived by his children and wife. Glenn was hailed as an American hero and a symbol of the space age when he became the first American to orbit Earth in 1962. He was the last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts. Dec 9, 2016