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Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-18-2011 03:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mercury astronaut-turned U.S. Senator-turned space shuttle payload specialist John Glenn celebrates his 90th birthday today (July 18, 2011).
NASA Sends Birthday Wishes To John Glenn

NASA commemorates the 90th birthday of astronaut John Glenn. The pioneering explorer was the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth and also was the oldest person to fly to space when he launched on the space shuttle in 1998.

"John Glenn is a legend, and NASA sends him our best wishes on this major personal milestone," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. "John's legacy and contributions to the continued progress of human spaceflight are immense. His example is one we continue to emulate as we push toward farther destinations in the solar system."

After a distinguished flying career with the Marines in World War II and Korea, Glenn joined NASA in 1959 as one of the country's first astronauts in Project Mercury. On Feb. 20, 1962, Glenn piloted the Mercury-Atlas 6 "Friendship 7" spacecraft on the first U.S. manned orbital mission. He launched from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to successfully complete three orbits of the Earth.

Glenn flew to space again on the the STS-95 mission in 1998 aboard the space shuttle Discovery. As a mission specialist, Glenn supported deployment of a variety of research payloads and participated in investigations about spaceflight and the aging process.

NASA Glenn Research Center interactive: John Glenn - A Journey
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    A man who put the world in his orbit
    Today the face is still as round as the sun, the smile still as broad as his Midwest accent. Glenn still walks briskly, still exudes an infectious optimism from behind gold aviator glasses. Last month he flew his Beechcraft Baron between Washington and Columbus, Ohio. Next winter his wife, Annie, 91 and recovering from knee-replacement surgery, plans to ski. The two plan to drive across the country in the fall.

    "I'd rather burn out," he says in his office in the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at Ohio State University, "than rust out."

  • Plain Dealer
    John Glenn turns 90: An appreciation
    John Glenn -- World War II veteran, the first American to orbit the Earth and Ohio's U.S. senator for 24 years -- turns 90 today.

    He seems unmoved by the milestone.

    "Well, you know what they say," he said from his hospital room, where he is recovering from knee surgery. "If I'd known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself."

  • LIFE Magazine
    John Glenn: Unpublished Photos
    Here, on the occasion of his 90th birthday (July 18), LIFE.com presents unpublished photos of the first American to orbit the earth; the decorated Marine Corps veteran (WWII and Korea); and the earnest, novice politician, taken by LIFE photographers during one of the most thrilling, inspiring, nerve-wracking eras in the nation's history: the Space Race.

KSCartist
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posted 07-18-2011 05:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy Birthday to an American Legend!

Fezman92
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posted 07-18-2011 07:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy Birthday Senator Glenn!

Tykeanaut
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posted 07-18-2011 08:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Incredible, many congratulations on your 90th birthday.

DChudwin
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posted 07-18-2011 09:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DChudwin   Click Here to Email DChudwin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy birthday to a hero of mine! John Glenn has excelled in so many areas and he has been so generous of his time (and his autograph) that he is one of a kind.

Henk Boshuijer
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posted 07-18-2011 10:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Henk Boshuijer   Click Here to Email Henk Boshuijer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy Birthday Senator Glenn.

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posted 07-18-2011 11:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy Birthday Senator Glenn - a legend and icon even for those of us outside of the USA.

AstroAutos
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posted 07-18-2011 11:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AstroAutos   Click Here to Email AstroAutos     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy 90th Birthday to an amazing,humble man who has so far lived an extraordinary life..may there be many more birthdays to come!

icarkie
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posted 07-18-2011 12:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for icarkie   Click Here to Email icarkie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by DChudwin:
Happy birthday to a hero of mine! John Glenn has excelled in so many areas and he has been so generous of his time (and his autograph) that he is one of a kind.
I'll second that... Happy Birthday John H. Glenn...

Scott
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posted 07-18-2011 12:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott   Click Here to Email Scott     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy Birthday Senator Glenn!

Mike Isbell
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posted 07-18-2011 01:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Isbell     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy birthday Sen. Glenn. May you have many more to come.

Lou Chinal
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posted 07-18-2011 01:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lou Chinal   Click Here to Email Lou Chinal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
God Speed John Glenn.

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posted 07-18-2011 02:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul78zephyr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
God Speed John Glenn.

bcrussell
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posted 07-18-2011 04:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bcrussell   Click Here to Email bcrussell     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
All the Best! from all of us at Space Operations Inc.

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posted 07-18-2011 05:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy birthday Mr. Glenn. May you continue to have good health and the best life has to offer for many years to come. I can't think of anyone more deserving.

Thank you for all your service to the United States of America.

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posted 07-18-2011 05:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bwhite1976   Click Here to Email bwhite1976     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy Birthday to an American Legend.

jasonelam
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posted 07-18-2011 06:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jasonelam   Click Here to Email jasonelam     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy Birthday Mr. Glenn!

mikepf
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posted 07-18-2013 06:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikepf   Click Here to Email mikepf     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just saw that today (July 18, 2013) is John Glenn's 92nd birthday. Good bless, thank you and Happy Birthday!

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posted 07-18-2013 06:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy Birthday to a great American, John Glenn.

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posted 07-18-2013 08:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mach3valkyrie   Click Here to Email mach3valkyrie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy Birthday to John Glenn!

Mike Isbell
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posted 07-18-2013 08:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Isbell     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy Birthday Senator Glenn!

MB
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posted 07-18-2013 10:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MB   Click Here to Email MB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy Birthday Senator Glenn!!

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posted 07-19-2013 12:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy Birthday Senator Glenn. A real hero and gentleman.

bwhite1976
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posted 07-19-2013 07:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bwhite1976   Click Here to Email bwhite1976     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I love asking this trivia question: Name the only astronaut to fly in a Mercury spacecraft and the Space Shuttle? A pretty easy question to everyone on collectSPACE, but a nice question to ask those who aren't as interested in space exploration. With a little thought, most people usually answer correctly.

Happy Birthday to a great American!

history in miniature
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posted 07-19-2013 10:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for history in miniature   Click Here to Email history in miniature     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy Birthday Mr. Glenn.

Gilbert
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posted 07-19-2013 11:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy Birthday Astronaut-Senator Glenn!

Daniel Lazecky
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posted 07-19-2013 05:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daniel Lazecky   Click Here to Email Daniel Lazecky     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
God Speed John Glenn.

Neil DC
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posted 07-19-2013 07:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Neil DC   Click Here to Email Neil DC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy Birthday Senator Glenn and many more to you and Annie to come. They both appeared at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan earlier this year. They looked in great shape. Senator Glenn was interviewed on stage. He could easily been twenty years younger for being so articulate. On a previous encounter I had asked Annie Glenn about all the famous people they had met over the years. She said that John and her often reminisced and had a good laugh about it. God bless them both.

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posted 07-19-2013 09:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dss65   Click Here to Email dss65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy Birthday, Sir!

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