John Glenn: American Hero, Aviation Icon, And Former U.S. Senator, Dies At 95

Submitted by: megrendel 1 year ago in Science
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John Glenn, Army Air Corp pilot in WWII, Air Force pilot in Korea, Mercury Seven astronaut, first supersonic transcontinental flight, and first American to orbit the Earth, has died.

Just a few of his awards include: Distinguished Flying Cross (x6)m, World War II Victory Medal, Presidential Medal of Freedom, Congressional Space Medal of Honor.

His historic orbits of Earth were not without incident. The launch of Friendship 7 went flawlessly, and Glenn encountered few issues in the early stages of the flight. During his second orbit, mission control noticed a sensor was issuing a warning that Friendship 7’s heat shield and landing bag were not secure, putting the mission, and Glenn in danger.

Officials did not immediately inform Glenn of the potential problem, instead asking him to run a series of small tests on the system to see if that resolved the issue, which eventually clued Glenn in to their concerns. After a series of discussions, it was decided that rather than following standard procedures to discard the retrorocket (an engine designed to slow down the capsule upon reentry), Glenn would keep the rocket in place to help secure the heat shield.

He successfully reentered the Earth’s atmosphere and splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean after a flight of 4 hours and 55 minutes. When officials inspected the recovered capsule, they determined that the heat shield had never been in danger and a faulty sensor had caused the problem.

Good luck, have a safe flight, and once again, Godspeed John Glenn.

There are 15 comments:
Male 41,551
Various MSM members 'reported' that "Trump supporters Boo'd John Glen during Trump's speech". Of course this is (imagine this!) a lie. It was anti-Trump people constantly trying to disrupt the speech. Some boo'd loudly whenever he mentioned Glen, for whatever reason. Most of the 'reporters' withdrew their remarks and some even offered corrections, but the LIE was out! Thousands read and re-tweeted the lie (in one particular case) while only hundreds read and re-tweeted the truth. Typical! You want 'false news'? The MSM is the #1 source, always has been...
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Male 41,551
I mention this because it shows how deplorable: A) anti-Trump people truly are, and B) what whores the MSM are for ANYTHING anti-Trump they can put out as 'news'. Who needs facts or truth? ANY anti-Trump lie, rumour, accusation, innuendo or conspiracy theory MUST be true! It fits the meme!! And therefor is 'news'... how deplorable. And several IAB members suck that shit up and scream for more...
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Male 322
Back when we went to the moon, kids became more interested in science. That's a very good thing. We, as a world leading country, should continue to inspire youth with much more in space exploration.
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Male 3,801
all these conservatards and libdouchers waxing poetic about john glenn. shut the fuck up man up and start caring about the state of american science and space exploration. the kids that grow up now and even my generation. i wasnt around to see us land on the moon. wtf we were badass. Trump probably wants to cut nasa. atleast W bush had ideas of humans on the moon and mars.  you want to make america great again - give americans something to be proud of.
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Male 8,779
"Trump probably wants to cut nasa." You have anything to back that up or are you just bitching out of your ass again? How about wait until he actually makes a stance on the issue? Oh wait, he HAS, repeatedly: "Honestly I think NASA is wonderful! America has always led the world in space exploration." *** "We will refocus NASA's mission on space exploration. Under a Trump Administration, Florida and America will lead the way into the stars." *** "NASA should be focused primarily on deep space activities rather than Earth-centric work that is better handled by other agencies. Human exploration of our entire solar system by the end of this century should be NASA’s focus and goal. Developing the technologies to meet that goal would severely challenge our present knowledge base, but that should be a reason for exploration and science." *** "A strong space program will encourage our children to seek STEM educational outcomes and will bring millions of jobs and trillions of dollars in investment to this country." *** "NASA has been one of the most important agencies in the United States government for most of my lifetime. It should remain so. NASA should focus on stretching the envelope of space exploration for we have so much to discover and to date we have only scratched the surface."
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Male 3,801
i said probably.. remember this is iab if your gonna fact check me check your boy 5cats.
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Male 4,369
You're right, "both sides" are very lacking but it seems impossible for so many to keep their politics out of anything that there isn't much hope. We'll see though, if NASA can get back to space exploration or will just continue to be a political football.
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Male 3,801
by political football you mean nasas belief that climate change is real?
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Male 8,779
I think he was referring to Obama telling NASA it's mission was to 'reach out to Muslims'.
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Male 3,801
more money for nasa.. give our country reasons to be proud. and more exposure for what nasa does. oh wait thats science. science bad
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Male 5,413
Great man. He will be missed.
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Male 1,824
Long live a true hero Hip hip hura, hip hip hura (21 times)
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Male 3,801
you're so patriotic so more money to nasa?  hmmmmm
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Male 6,259
Rip John Glenn, may God speed you to the stars, you will be missed.
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Male 706
A True American Hero!
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