John Glenn, First US Astronaut to Orbit the Earth, Dies at 95

93ce4d53-25ab-4f54-b4da-73d94e78ca8f_cx0_cy3_cw0_w610_r1John Glenn, the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the earth, has died at age 95, officials said.

Glenn passed away Thursday, more than a week after being admitted to the Ohio State University’s James Cancer Hospital. The John Glenn College of Public Affairs at OSU made the announcement.

U.S. President Barack Obama issued a statement saying that with Glenn’s passing, “our nation has lost an icon and Michelle and I have lost a friend.” He commended Glenn for a lifetime of breaking barriers, including setting a transcontinental speed record and becoming the oldest man ever to go into space.

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