John Glenn Facts for Kids
- Name: John H. Glenn
- Born: July 18th, 1921
- Died: December 8th, 2016
- Education: Muskingum University, University of Maryland – College Park
- Space Agency: NASA
- Missions: Mercury-Atlas 6
20 John Glenn Facts for Kids
- John Glenn was an American astronaut with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
- John Glenn was selected to join NASA in the 1959 NASA Group 1, also known as the Mercury Seven, Original Seven and Astronaut Group 1.
- John Glenn was born on Monday, July 18th, 1921 in Cambridge, Ohio, USA.
- John Glenn was the son of f John Herschel Glenn Sr. and Clara Teresa.
- John Glenn died December 8th, 2016 at the OSU Wexner Medical Center in Ohio.
- John Glenn attended Muskingum College but did not complete his education to obtain a degree.
- John Glenn has been married to Annie Castor since 1943.
- John Glenn and Annie Castor have two children, one son and one daughter.
- John Glenn is best known for being the first American to orbit the Earth.
- In 1962, John Glenn orbited the planet Earth three times.
- John Glenn was a part of one human spaceflight mission, Mercury-Atlas 6.
- The Mercury-Atlas 6 spaceflight mission was the first time a manned American spacecraft orbited the planet Earth.
- John Glenn spent a total of 4 hours, 55 minutes and 23 seconds in space.
- The highest rank John Glenn achieved in the United States Army was Major.
- John Glenn was a fighter pilot during World War 2 and the Korean War.
- John Glenn was elected to the United States Senate for Ohio in 1974.
- John Glenn was an Ohio United States Senator between 1974 and 1999.
- John Glenn was registered with the Democratic Party.
- John Glenn was the first person to make a supersonic transcontinental flight across the USA in 1957.
- John Glenn received several awards and honors throughout his life, including the NASA Distinguished Service Medal and the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.
John Glenn Pictures
A photo of John Glenn in front of the Friendship 7 Mercury spacecraft.
A photo of John Glenn before he made history orbiting the planet Earth.
A photo of John Glenn training for the STS-95 Space Shuttle mission.
Additional Resources to Research John Glenn
- Biography of John Glenn – A complete biography of John Glenn and his life.
- Who is John Glenn? – Discover who John Glenn was and what he did in space on the NASA website.
- John Glenn – Britannica – Learn more about John Glenn and his achievements on the Britannica website.