PHOTOS: Remembering the life of John Glenn

On Feb. 20, 1962, John H. Glenn, Jr., became the first American to orbit Earth.(NASA)

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — John Glenn, the first U.S. astronaut to orbit Earth and a former United States Senator, has died at the age of 95.

A source close to Glenn’s family confirmed that the Ohioan had been hospitalized since late last week.

He will lie in repose at the Ohio Statehouse on Dec. 16, with a memorial planned for Dec. 17.

Glenn was born Cambridge, Ohio on July 18, 1921 and his family later moved to New Concord.

He will be remembered for his military service, his four terms as a U.S. Senator, and his role as a pioneer, launching the world’s leading space program with six other Americans.

In 1998, at the age of 77, Glenn became the oldest man ever in space.

He is survived by his wife Annie, whom he married in 1943. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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