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American space legend John Glenn dead at 95

Retired astronaut and US Sen. John Glenn, seen in 2012 with his wife Annie Glenn, had been admitted more than a week ago to the James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State UniversityJohn Glenn, who made history twice as the first American to orbit Earth and the first senior citizen to venture into space, has died at the age of 95. Glenn became a symbol of strength and the nation’s pioneering spirit, drawing admirers from all walks of life over a long career in the military, then NASA, and the US Senate. Ad astra,” NASA tweeted, echoing the famous words radioed by fellow astronaut Scott Carpenter to Glenn before he circled the Earth in 1962.

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