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NASA 'Grateful' for Former Astronaut John Glenn's Service

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The US space industry is grateful to pioneering astronaut and former Senator John Glenn, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) administrator Charles Bolden said in a statement marking Glenn’s death.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Glenn died Thursday afternoon at the Ohio State Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio at the age of 95.

​"Senator Glenn's legacy is one of risk and accomplishment, of history created and a duty to country carried out under great pressure with the whole world watching," Bolden stated on Thursday. "The entire NASA family will be forever grateful for his outstanding service, commitment and friendship."

Bolden noted that Glenn's team, the Mercury 7 astronauts, united the country with their February 1962 flight aboard the Mercury spacecraft Friendship 7, which Glenn piloted.

With that flight, Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth.

"His missions have helped make possible everything our space program has since achieved and the human missions to an asteroid and Mars that we are striving toward now," Bolden said.

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