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John Glenn, first US astronaut to orbit Earth, dies at 95

US space programme revitalised by his historic 1962 mission
Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 05:50

As a senator, Mr Glenn championed federal funding for Nasa, the International Space Station and scientific research.


JOHN Glenn, who was celebrated as a national hero after becoming the first US astronaut to orbit Earth and went on to serve 24 years in the Senate and seek the presidency, has died. He was 95.

He died on Thursday at Ohio State University's James Cancer Center in Columbus

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