American Astronaut John Glenn Takes His Place Among The Stars

 “Zero G, and I feel fine,” John Glenn’s first words after going into Earth’s orbit on February 20th, 1962

A Brief One from Doug Draper

Posted December 8th, 2016 on Niagara At Large

john-glenn-bestThere was a time when everyone who was over the age of 7 in 1962 knew exactly where they were and what they were doing when an American astronaut named John Glenn became the first human to orbit our Earth in space in a small capsule called ‘Friendship Seven’.

John Glenn went on to serve four terms as a U.S. senator and became the oldest person to return to space when he was in his 70s two decades ago.

Glenn died this December 8th, 2016 at age 95 – one of the last of an older generation prototypes of the all-American hero.

john-glenn-friendship-7-cp-300x214News of his death reminded me of watching his rocket ship leave Cape Canaveral in Florida on an old black & white TV set in a grade school classroom back in Welland the morning that it happened, and it also had me whispering a few words to the late David Bowie’s song Space Oddity –

“For here
Am I sitting in a tin can
Far above the world
Planet Earth is blue
And there’s nothing I can do.”

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One response to “American Astronaut John Glenn Takes His Place Among The Stars

  1. Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
    and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings
    Sunward I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth
    of sun-split clouds and done a hundred things
    you have not dreamed of…

    John Gillespie Magee Jr. – High Flight.

    RIP.

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