Remembering John Glenn

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FILE – In this Feb. 20, 1962, file photo, U.S. astronaut John Glenn climbs inside the capsule of the Mercury spacecraft Friendship 7 before becoming the first American to orbit the Earth, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Nate D. Sanders Auctions says in-flight instructions used by former U.S. Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, as he became the first American to orbit the Earth sold for $66,993 on Thursday, July 21, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo, File)

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This Jan. 25, 2012 photo shows Sen. John Glenn at his office in Columbus, Ohio. Glenn was the first American to orbit Earth, piloting Friendship 7 around the planet three times in 1962. Glenn, as a U.S. senator at age 77, also became the oldest person in space by orbiting Earth with six astronauts aboard shuttle Discovery in 1998. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

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In this Jan. 25, 2012 photo, Sen. John Glenn speaks during an interview at his office in Columbus, Ohio. Glenn was the first American to orbit Earth, piloting Friendship 7 around the planet three times in 1962. Glenn, as a U.S. senator at age 77, also became the oldest person in space by orbiting Earth with six astronauts aboard shuttle Discovery in 1998. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

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Former astronaut and senator John Glenn before a baseball game between the Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

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In this Thursday, May 14, 2015 photo, former senator and astronaut John Glenn speaks during an exclusive interview with The Associated Press at the Ohio Statehouse, in Columbus, Ohio. Glenn said facts about scientific discovery should be taught in schools, and that includes evolution. The 93-year-old said that he sees no contradiction between believing in God and believing in evolution. When he went back into space in 1998, he had announced that "to look out at this kind of creation out here and not believe in God is to me impossible.” (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

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Former U.S. Sen. John Glenn speaks during a celebration for the renaming of Port Columbus International Airport to John Glenn Columbus International Airport Tuesday, June 28, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. Senate Bill 159, which changes the name of the airport, goes into effect in September. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

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Lt. Col. John Glenn Jr. and his wife Annie look over his first campaign sign in his race to win the Democratic nomination for U.S. senator from Ohio, in Columbus, Jan. 21, 1964. The sign is in Glenn's hotel suite here. He won't begin active campaigning until his retirement from the Marine Corps is official. (AP Photo/Julian C. Wilson)

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Col. John Glenn, right, chairman of the newly-formed Emergency Committee for Gun Control, talks with Sen. Edward Brooke (R-Mass.), before testifying at a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on gun control legislation. Both were witnesses. Glenn said the registration and licensing of firearms would not interfere with legitimate uses of guns by sportsmen, hunters and others. (AP Photo/Bob Daugherty)

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Astronaut John Glenn, lower left center, his wife Annie, and Vice President Lyndon Johnson look up at the shower of confetti as they are driven along lower Broadway in New York City en route to City Hall, March 1, 1962. (AP Photo)

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Astronaut John Glenn Jr. and his wife Annie admire their own model of the Collier Trophy which was awarded to him and the other seven astronauts for 1963, Oct. 10, 1963, by President Kennedy at a White House ceremony. At a luncheon following, each was given a small replica trophy like this one. (AP Photo/William J. Smith)

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Former astronaut and senator John Glenn before a baseball game between the Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

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Democratic presidential hopeful John Glenn of Ohio prepares in his hotel room in Hanover, N.H., Jan. 14, 1984, for the debate that will take place at Dartmouth College. All eight Democratic presidential hopefuls will be on stage together for the first time in 1984. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)

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Former astronaut John Glenn Jr. and his wife Annie relax in the back yard of their home in Houston, Texas, May 6, 1964, while Ohio election returns showed him running second to Democratic Sen. Stephen M. Young. Glenn, who suffered an injury to his inner ear, had withdrawn from the race, but his name still appeared on the ballot. (AP Photo/Ed Kolenovsky)

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FILE - In this May 14, 2015, file photo, former astronaut and senator John Glenn and his wife Annie Glenn answer questions during an exclusive interview with The Associated Press at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. On Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, which is Annie Glenn's 96th birthday, lawmakers in the Ohio House of Representatives were voting on a bill to designate Feb. 17 as "Annie Glenn Communication Disorders Awareness Day.” (AP Photo/Paul Vernon, File)

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President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Freedom to astronaut John Glenn during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 29, 2012. The Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest civilian honor. It's presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the national interests of the United States, to world peace or to other significant endeavors. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Former astronaut and senator John Glenn speaks before a campaign rally for President Barack Obama at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio Saturday, May 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

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FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2012 file photo, former Ohio Sen. John Glenn speaks in Columbus, Ohio. President Barack Obama will award Glenn a Medal of Freedom at the White House later this spring. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

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Sen. John Glenn talks, via satellite, with the astronauts on the International Space Station, before the start of a roundtable discussion titled "Learning from the Past to Innovate for the Future" Monday, 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. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

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In this Jan. 25, 2012 photo, Sen. John Glenn speaks during an interview at his office in Columbus, Ohio. Glenn was the first American to orbit Earth, piloting Friendship 7 around the planet three times in 1962. Glenn, as a U.S. senator at age 77, also became the oldest person in space by orbiting Earth with six astronauts aboard shuttle Discovery in 1998. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

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Former Sen. John Glenn answers a question at the Kennedy Space Center, Friday, Feb. 17, 2012 in Cape Canaveral, Fla. John Glenn fever has taken hold in the U.S. once again. Three days before the 50th anniversary of his historic flight, the first American to orbit the Earth addressed employees at Kennedy Space Center. (AP Photo/Michael Brown)

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FILE - In this photo taken Nov. 16, 2011, astronaut and former Ohio Sen. John Glenn, center, poses with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., left, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., on Capitol Hill in Washington, during a ceremony where Glenn received a Congressional Gold Medal. Glenn says he believes an "unattractive" elections process discourages the best people from pursuing public service. The 90-year-old Democrat is optimistic that good people will run for office but understands some might shy from opening their lives to intense public scrutiny, he told The Columbus Dispatch in a wide-ranging interview published Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

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Astronauts Alan Shepard, John Glenn and Virgil I. Grissom in May 1961. (AP Photo)

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Former astronaut-turned-senator-turned astronaut John Glenn talks about being the first septugenarian to go into space during a press conference at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston Friday, Feb. 20, 1998, 36 years after he became the first American to orbit Earth. Glenn will be 77-years-old when he launches into space aboard the shuttle Discovery in October, making him16 years older than anyone who's flown in space. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

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The Space Shuttle Discovery, carrying a crew of seven astronauts including Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, thunders off the launch pad Thursday afternoon Oct. 29, 1998 from Kennendy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, waves as he leaves the Operations and Checkout Building Thursday morning Oct. 29, 1998 at Kennedy Space Center. Glenn, Commander Curt Brown, front, and five other crew members were on their way to Launch Pad 39-B and a planned liftoff on the Space Shuttle Discovery. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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U.S. Senator John Glenn, right, and his wife Annie dot the 'i' during half time of the Ohio State against Navy NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Terry Gilliam)

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Gold Medal recipient former US Sen. John Glenn speaks after accepting the award at the national Football Foundation College Hall of Fame annual awards dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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Former U.S. Sen. John Glenn at the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame news conference, in New York Tuesday Dec. 9, 2008. Glenn is the organization's 2008 Gold Medal recipient. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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Former astronaut and retired Ohio Sen. John Glenn testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 30, 2008, before the House Science and Technology Committee hearing on NASA's past accomplishments, and future opportunities and challenges, marking 50th anniversary of NASA. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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Former astronaut and retired Ohio Sen. John Glenn, left, with retired Lockheed Martin Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Norman Augustine, center, and Maria Zuber of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 30, 2008, before a House Science and Technology Committee hearing on NASA's past accomplishments, and future opportunities and challenges, marking 50th anniversary of NASA. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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former Ohio Sen. John Glenn introduces Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., at a campaign stop at The Ohio State University, in Columbus, Ohio, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Astronaut John Glenn Jr., gives thumbs up sign as he and President John Kennedy are welcomed to the missile test center at Cape Canaveral, Florida on Feb. 23, 1962. (AP Photo)

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Astronaut John Glenn and President John F. Kennedy inspect the Friendship 7, the Mercury capsule which Glenn rode in orbit. Kennedy presented Distinguished Service medal to Glenn at Cape Canaveral, Fla., Feb. 23, 1962. In background right is Vice President Lyndon Johnson. (AP Photo)

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President John Kennedy gestures toward astronaut John Glenn Jr., as they begin a tour of facilities at Cape Canaveral, Florida on Feb. 23, 1962. (AP Photo)

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Astronaut John Glenn on board ship after his successful space flight in mercury space capsule, Friendship 7 on Feb. 20, 1962 . (AP Photo)

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Retired Sen. John Glenn, D-OH, and his wife Anni Glenn listen with Bruce Springsteen and his wife Patti as Democratic Presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., speak at a campaign rally at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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Astronaut John Glenn is shown in a light moment aboard the carrier Randolph to which he was taken after an around-the-world trip in outer space, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 1962. He wears bandages on knuckles of right hand which were scratched while getting out of the space capsule. Glenn and the capsule were picked up in the Atlantic by the Destroyer Noa some 700 miles southeast of Cape Canaveral launching site. (AP Photo)

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Sen. John Glenn talks, via satellite, with the astronauts on the International Space Station, before the start of a roundtable discussion titled "Learning from the Past to Innovate for the Future" Monday, 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. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

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Sen. John Glenn, right, participates in a roundtable panel discussion titled "Learning from the Past to Innovate for the Future" Monday, 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. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

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Sen. Pete Wislon, R-Calf., left, and Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, hold up a missile launcher during a press conference on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1987 in Washington. The senator released a General Accounting Office report, identifying serious security breaches in the protection of Stinger missiles, Dragon missiles, antitank rockets and other munitions store in Europe. (AP Photo/Ira Schwarz)

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Members of the space shuttle Discovery crew, from left to right, bottom row, Stephen Robinson, Curt Brown, John Glenn, Scott Parazynski, top row, Pedro Duque, Chiaki Mukai and Steven Lindsey pose for a photo Aug. 27, 1998 at Johnson Space Center in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio holds a Washington news conference on Thursday, Feb. 19, 1987 at the Smithsonian?s Air and Space Museum to talk about his roll as an astronaut, 25 years ago, in the spacecraft, friendship 7, which is shown in the background. Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth. (AP Photo/Bob Daugherty)

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Rev. Jesse Jackson, background, shares a smile with Sen. John Glenn as Jackson breaks off a handshake behind Glenn's back at bottom left, between sections of a debate, Friday, Feb. 3, 1984 at Emmanuel college in Boston. Six of the Democratic presidential hopefuls participated. (AP Photo/Tenenbaum)

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Sen. John Glenn, left, gestures as he speaks, while Democratic Presidential rival, former Vice President Walter Mondale listens, during a debate featuring seven Democratic Presidential hopefuls at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Jan. 31, 1984, Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Dave Tenenbaum)

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Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, addresses a meeting of the National Press Club, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 1983 in Washington. Following the speech Glenn told reporters Walter Mondale's recent attack on his Reaganomics voting record could help "give the President a free ride" to re-election over both of the Democratic contenders. (AP Photo/Ira Schwarz)

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Senator John Glenn, D-Ohio, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee talks to he group on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 1983 in Washington. The committee met to consider arms control reclusions including the fresco. (AP Photo/Ira Scwars)

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Sen. John Glenn called for a return to the spirit of excitement and experimentation he said prevailed during the John F. Kennedy years in the White House, August 27, 1983 in Seattle. He stressed the theme in a round of appearances on Friday to push bid for the 1984 Democratic presidential nomination. (AP Photo)

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Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, stands next to the Mercury Spacecraft Friendship 7 that he orbited the earth in 20 years ago, Feb. 20, 1982, Washington, D.C. Glenn celebrated the anniversary at the Smithsonians Air and Space Museum where the space craft is on display. Glenn was the third U.S. astronaut in space but the first to orbit the earth. (AP Photo/Scott Applewhite)

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President Jimmy Carter greets former astronaut now Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, at the White House in Washington on July 20, 1979. The occasion is a ceremony Carter presided over for the Apollo 11 astronauts who are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their landing on the moon. (AP Photo)

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Former astronaut John Glenn threw himself into political space as he announced he is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senator from Ohio, in Columbus, Dec. 11, 1969. He made his announcement at a Columbus news conference. (AP Photo/Gene Herrick)

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U.S. Astronaut Colonel John Glenn, right, his wife Annie Glenn, left, and daughter Carolyn Glenn, admire the Medal of the Paris Town, which was given to him by Albert Chavanac, left, Paris Mayor, during a ceremony at Town Hall, May 24, 1966, Paris, France. (AP Photo/Eustache Cardenas)

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U.S. Astronaut John Glenn, right, made his first outing in Paris by visiting the Eiffel Tower, May 24, 1966, Paris, France. He is taking snapshots of the Paris panorama from the 3rd floor of the Eiffel Tower with his wife Annie, an unidentified woman-interpreter and Rene Legrain-Eiffel, grand son of the constructor of the Tower Gustave Eiffel. (AP Photo/Pierre Godot)

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U.S. Astronaut John H. Glenn Jr., left, seated in the rear of an open car with the mayor of Naples, Ferdinando Clemente, right, receives an enthusiastic welcome by a big crowd of Neapolitans cheering him along his route from the Naples airport to the center of Rome, Oct. 15, 1965. Glenn and his wife are touring Europe on a goodwill mission for President Johnson. (AP Photo)

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U.S. astronaut John Glenn and his wife Annie Glenn are sightseeing in the ruins of the ancient Coliseum, Oct. 14, 1965, Rome, Italy. The Glenns, touring Europe on goodwill mission for President Lyndon B. Johnson, flew in to Rome from Genoa on October 13, where they attended the October 12th Columbus Day ceremonies and Glenn receives the citys annual Columbus Medal award on behalf on his fellow astronauts Charles Conrad and Gordon Corner. They were received at Romes City Hall and in audience by Pope Paul VI on October 13. (AP Photo/Jim Pringle)

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Former astronaut John Glenn holds a news conference from his bed at a Lackland Air Force Base hospital, Monday, March 30, 1964, San Antonio, Tex. Glenn told newsmen he was pulling out of the race for the U.S. Senate in Ohio. (AP Photo/Ted Powers)

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A present for an Astronauts wife Annie Glenn, left, wife of U.S. Astronaut John Glenn, center, receives a plate from Mayor Willy Brundert of Frankfurt, Sept. 29, 1965, Frankfurt, West Germany. The Glenns arrived in Frankfurt to begin a three-week good will tour of Europe on an assignment from President Lyndon B. Johnson. (AP Photo)

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FILE - In this Friday, May 10, 1963 file photo, astronaut John Glenn performs a test in the telemetry control room aboard the NASA tracking ship, the Coastal Sentry, with the Mercury communication center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (AP Photo)

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U.S astronaut John Glenn in the telemetry control room aboard the NASA tracking ship near Japan, the coastal sentry as he directs telemetry test between Project Mercury communication center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., May 10, 1963. (AP Photo/Mitsunori Chigita)

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Space hero Marine Col. John Glenn, who made an epochal flight of three orbits around the Earth in 1962, still has his eye on the stars. He says he?d like to venture again into space, to go to the moon. Glenn, now 41, is interviewed by Howard Benedict, of the Associated Press at the manned space craft center in Houston, Texas on Feb. 14, 1963. (AP Photo/Ed Kolenovsky)

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Astronaut John Glenn gestures to emphasize a point after receiving the New York Medal of Honor from Mayor Robert Wagner during a luncheon at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York, March 1, 1962. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)

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Astronaut Scott Carpenter, right, looks toward John Glenn while they posed for photographers after Glenn was debriefed after his historic triple orbit flight around the earth, Feb. 21, 1962, Grand Turk Island, Turks and Caicos Islands. Carpenter was the backup pilot for Glenns flight. (AP Photo)

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The Friendship 7 capsule, containing astronaut John Glenn, is recovered from the Atlantic by the destroyer U.S.S. Noa after a successful space flight, Feb. 20, 1962. The yellow coloring in the water is dye to make the capsule more visible to the recovery crew. (AP Photo)

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Astronaut John H. Glenn Jr. lies on a couch in his Hangar S quarters, for a final suit check at Cape Canaveral, Florida, Jan. 27, 1962. (AP Photo/NASA)

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Three of the seven Mercury astronauts training for the first flight into space pose together at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Research Center at Langley Field, Va., Jan. 11, 1961. From Left to right are Navy Cmdr. Alan B. Shepard, Jr., Marine Lt. Col. John Glenn, and Navy Lt. Cmdr. Scott Carpenter. (AP Photo)

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Astronaut John Glenn shown, Sept. 16, 1960, Cape Canaveral, Fla. (AP Photo/Jim Kerlin)

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Scott Carpenter with other astronauts Alan Shepard, and John Glenn, at Langley Field Va. on Jan. 11, 1961. (AP Photo)

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Seven astronauts training for rocket travel into space-and safe return to earth-look over a model of a test rocket at Langley Research Center, Va., on July 7, 1959. From Left to right are Navy Lt. Malcolm Carpenter, Air Force Capt. Donald Slayton, Air Force Capt. Leroy Cooper, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Alan Shepard, Marine Lt. Col. John Glenn, Air Force Capt. Virgil Guiesom and Navy Lt. Cmdr. Walter Schirra. (AP Photo)

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Seven astronauts in training at Langley Research Center, Va., pose on July 7, 1959, with a model of the capsule one of them may ride into space in 1961. From Left to right are Air force Capt. Virgil Grissom, Air Force Capt. Donald Slayton, Air Force Capt. Beroy Cooper, Marine Lt. Col. John Glenn, Navy Lt. Malcolm Carpenter, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Alan Shapard and Navy Lt. Cmdr. Walter Schirra. (AP Photo/CPG)

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Retired Sen. John Glenn, D-OH, listens as Democratic Presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass, speaks at a campaign rally at Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio Saturday, Oct. 9, 2004. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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Former Sen. John Glenn acknowledges the flag during a presentation of the colors by the University of Southern California Color Guard during an unveiling ceremony by the United States Postal Service of a commemorative stamp honoring composer Henry Mancini Tuesday, April 13, 2004, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

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Sen. John Glenn (D-Ohio) and his wife, Annie, are surrounded by youngsters representing different countries of the world after he was named Grand Marshal of the 101st Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, Thursday, Oct. 12, 1989. The theme of the parade is "A World of Harmony." Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

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Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, faces reporters, Monday, Feb. 12, 1985 at Capitol Hill in Washington, announcing his opposition to the nomination of Attorney General-designate Edwin Meese III. Glenn said the nominee has shown "extremely poor judgment at best and an unethical blindspot at worst" as a top White House adviser. (AP Photo/John Duricka)

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Former astronaut John Glenn, left, traveling with Sen. Robert Kennedy on a southern trip, smiles at a news conference at the Atlanta Airport Terminal March 21, 1968 in Atlanta, Ga. Senator Kennedy, an announced candidate for the Democratic nomination, stopped in Atlanta to change planes for a trip to Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo)

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U.S. astronaut John Glenn goes over mail and signs letters, in answer to the hundreds of letters he receives, Feb. 8, 1963. Secretaries are a big help with the mail. (AP Photo/Ed Kolenovsky)

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Ten-year-old Lynn Glenn appears properly shy on July 18, 1957 as her newly-decorated father, Marine Maj. John H. Glenn Jr., gets a congratulatory kiss from his wife Annie following a Pentagon ceremony honoring him for his record-breaking transcontinental flight. Maj. Glenn, who spanned the United States in 3 hours, 23 minutes and 8.1 seconds in an PSU-1 jet, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for the feat. At left is the major's son, Dave, 11. (AP Photo/Henry Burroughs)

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