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  1. John Glenn: 1921 - 2016

  2. John Glenn investigates a globe, actually the "Heavenly Training Device" at the Aeromedical Laboratory at Cape Canaveral. NASA/Handout through REUTERS

  3. John Glenn waves to the cheering group as he rides in an open auto with his significant other Annie amid a ticker tape parade down New York's "Ravine of Heroes" in 1998. REUTERS/Mike Segar

  4. John Glenn, pilot of the Mercury Atlas 6 spaceflight, postures with the Mercury "Companionship 7" shuttle amid preflight exercises at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. Politeness NASA

  5. John Glenn as he enters the Mercury rocket Friendship 7 preceding dispatch on February 20, 1962. Glenn turned into the principal American to circle the Earth in this shuttle. REUTERS/File

  6. John Glenn amid the Mercury-Atlas 6 spaceflight turning into the principal American to circle Earth, February 20, 1962. REUTERS/NASA

  7. President John F. Kennedy, John Glenn and General Leighton I. Davis ride together amid a parade three days after Glenn's noteworthy first U.S. orbital spacefight, in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Kindness NASA

  8. President John F. Kennedy and space explorer Lieutenant Colonel John Glenn glimpse inside the space case Friendship 7 taking after the presentation function of the NASA Distinguished Service Medal to Glenn in Cape Canaveral, February 23, 1962. The Friendship 7 bore Glenn in circle the earth three circumstances. REUTERS/Cecil Stoughton/The White House/John F. Kennedy Presidential Library

  9. The unique seven Mercury space explorer posture at NASA Langley Research Center. Glenn was the last surviving individual from the first seven "Right Stuff" Mercury space travelers. Back line from left, are: Alan Shepard, Virgil "Gus" Grissom and L. Gordon Cooper; front line, Walter Schirra, Donald "Deke" Slayton, John Glenn and Scott Carpenter. REUTERS/NASA

  10. President Obama grants a 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom to John Glenn. Indeed, even before his Mercury flight, Glenn fit the bill for legend status, winning six Distinguished Flying Crosses and flying more than 150 missions in World War Two and the Korean War. After Korea, Glenn turned into an aircraft tester, setting a cross-country speed record from Los Angeles to New York in 1957. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

  11. John Glenn, motions amid a news meeting at the Italian home office of the European Space Agency, 1999. Glenn's encounters as a pioneer space explorer were chronicled in the book and motion picture "The Right Stuff," alongside the other Mercury pilots. The book's writer, Tom Wolfe, called Glenn "the last genuine national legend America has ever had." REUTERS/Paolo Cocco

  12. John Glenn demonstrates the inside of his Friendship 7 Mercury rocket to spouse Annie at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. The container is one of the exhibition hall's most prominent attractions. REUTERS/Gregg Newton

  13. John Glenn waves to the group at the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center for the landing of space transport Discovery (back) while previous transport leaders acclaim, 2012. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

  14. John Glenn pushes down the side of a space carry mockup amid a preparation practice at NASA's Johnson Space Center. REUTERS/File

  15. Mission Specialist John Glenn utilizes the phone to talk with his better half preceding entering the van Discovery at cushion 39B at the Kennedy Space Center amid a deride commencement. REUTERS/File

  16. John Glenn is strapped into a rotator at Brooks Air Force Base in Texas. REUTERS/File

  17. John Glenn is helped with the White Room as he entered the space carry Discovery preceding dispatch at cushion 39B at the Kennedy Space Center. REUTERS/File

  18. John Glenn motions to professionals as they modify his suit preceding boarding the space carry Discovery at the Kennedy Space Center. REUTERS/File

  19. The team of the space carry Discovery strolls from their group quarters as they leave for the take off platform October 29 at the Kennedy Space Center. REUTERS/File

  20. STS-95 Payload Specialist John Glenn positions himself to take photographs from the Space Shuttle Discovery's rearward flight deck windows on Flight Day 3, October 31, 1998. REUTERS/NASA

  21. John Glenn hurls out the stately first pitch before a diversion between the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees in Cleveland, Ohio August 2012. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk

  22. John Glenn visits the flight deck of the bus Columbia at Kennedy Space Center, 1998. REUTERS/NASA

  23. John Glenn talks live with the group of the International Space Station as they commence the organization's two-day Future Forum at The Ohio State University in Columbus, February 2012. It was a piece of a festival of the 50-year commemoration of Glenn's well known circle around earth in 1962. REUTERS/Mike Munden

  24. John Glenn talks with journalists, with his Daughter Lyn Glenn, amid the initiating service for the USNS John Glenn at the General Dynamics NASSCO Shipyard in San Diego, February 2014. REUTERS/Sandy Huffaker

  25. John Glenn offers the go-ahead sign from the cockpit of his T-38 fly air ship as he touches base at the Kennedy Space Center to take off on board the van Discovery, turning into the most established individual ever to go into space. REUTERS/File

  26. John Glenn offers a go-ahead to spectators at a parade in Cocoa Beach to respect the space travelers of STS 95. The seven space explorers rode on white Chevrolet Corvettes as a couple of thousand onlookers gived a shout out to them. REUTERS/File

  27. Astronaut John H. Glenn, Jr., in his Mercury flight suit. Graciousness NASA/Handout through REUTERS