Sen. John Glenn talks, via satellite, with the astronauts on the International Space Station, before the start of a roundtable on Feb. 20, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio. Glenn was the first American to orbit Earth, piloting Friendship 7 around it three times in 1962, and also became the oldest person in space, at age 77, by orbiting Earth with six astronauts aboard shuttle Discovery in 1998.
Sen. John Glenn talks, via satellite, with the astronauts on the International Space Station, before the start of a roundtable on Feb. 20, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio. Glenn was the first American to orbit Earth, piloting Friendship 7 around it three times in 1962, and also became the oldest person in space, at age 77, by orbiting Earth with six astronauts aboard shuttle Discovery in 1998. Jay LaPrete AP File
Sen. John Glenn talks, via satellite, with the astronauts on the International Space Station, before the start of a roundtable on Feb. 20, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio. Glenn was the first American to orbit Earth, piloting Friendship 7 around it three times in 1962, and also became the oldest person in space, at age 77, by orbiting Earth with six astronauts aboard shuttle Discovery in 1998. Jay LaPrete AP File

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