"We are more fulfilled when we are involved in something bigger than ourselves." — John Glenn, Keynote Address at Ohio State University's Commencement in 2009
57 years ago today, astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth, piloting the Friendship 7 spacecraft three times around our planet in less than five hours. John Glenn’s life was dedicated to service to country — after his tenures as a Marine pilot and NASA astronaut, Glenn spent four terms representing his home state of Ohio as a U.S. Senator. In October 1998, Glenn made history again, boarding the space shuttle Discovery at the age of 77, becoming the oldest person to enter space. The following year, Glenn would hang up his space boots, retiring from the Senate in early 1999. In 2012, Glenn was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a fitting cap to his career.