John Glenn passed away today at age 95 today. Those of us old enough to remember him as a member of the Mercury astronaut team and the first American to orbit the Earth regard him as an intrepid explorer and heroic figure. Glenn later went on to represent Ohio in the US Senate for 24 years, and became the oldest man in space on a space shuttle mission when he was 77 years old.
Details of his exceptional life can be found here in his hometown newspaper. May he rest in peace.