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PHOTOS: John Glenn through the years

12:00 PM, Feb 17, 2012   |    comments
  • Cape Canaveral, Fl - February 20, 1962 - Astronaut John Glenn, Jr. Photographed In Space By An Automatic Sequence Motion Picture Camera. Glenn Was In A State Of Weightlessness Traveling At 17,500 Mph As This Picture Was Taken. (Photo By Nasa/Getty Images)
  • Cape Canaveral, Fl - Astronaut John Glenn, Jr. Before Preperations For Launch Aboard Mercury Atlas 6. Feb. 20, 1962. (Photo By Nasa/Getty Images)
  • Cape Canaveral, Fl - Astronaut John Glenn, Jr. Fully Fitted In His Space Suit Prior To The Mercury Atlas 6 Launch February 20, 1962. (Photo By Nasa/Getty Images)
  • Cape Canaveral, Fl - At Nasa's Hangar S, Astronaut John Glenn, Jr. Is Being Suited In Preparation For His Earth Orbital Flight Aboard Mercury Atlas 6. Feb.20, 1962. (Photo By Nasa/Getty Images)
  • Astronaut John Glenn Prepares To Enter The Mercury Launch Vehicle February 20, 1962 At Cape Canaveral, Fl. (Photo By Nasa/Getty Images)
  • Cape Canaveral, Fl - Astronaut John Glenn, Jr. Is Suited Up In Hangar S By Technician Joe Schmitt In Preparation Forthe 3 - Orbit Mercury Atlas 6 Mission In Friendship 7 February 20, 1962 In Cape Canaveral, Fl. (Photo By Nasa/Getty Images)
  • Discovery carries a crew of six, including Payload Specialist John H. Glenn Jr., senator from Ohio, who is making his second voyage into space after 36 years. John Glenn rocketed back into orbit today on a mission of science and sentiment, returning as the world's oldest astronaut to the high frontier he pioneered for America 36 years ago. (photo by NASA)
  • Sen. John H. Glenn drinks from a rehydratable beverage tube during a busy day of medical tests onboard the space shuttle Discovery October 30, 1998 orbiting above the earth.
  • Cape Canaveral, Fla. - Astronaut Lt. Col. John H. Glenn, Feb. 13, 1962. (Photo By Nasa/Getty Images)
  • Former Senator and astronaut John Glenn waves at photographers at the 71st Annual Academy Awards at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles 21 March 1999. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO Vince BUCCI/ln (Photo credit should read Vince Bucci/AFP/Getty Images)
  • CHANTILLY, VA - MAY 6: Former Senator and astronaut John Glenn speaks during an announcement of the class at a Space Day event at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center May 6, 2004 in Chantilly, Virginia. About 1,000 local 6th graders took part in a Space Day celebration at the center. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
  • Former Senator John Glenn (R), the first American in space and Dr. Sally K. Ride (L), the first American woman in space, attend Space Day celebrations at Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum May 2, 2002 in Washington, DC. Space Day is an award-winning educational initiative dedicated to the extraordinary achievements in the exploration of space. (Photo by Manny Ceneta/Getty Images)
  • U.S. Sen. John H. Glenn Jr., payload specialist, smiles into the camera from aboard the space shuttle Discovery in orbit above earth October 31, 1998. (photo by NASA)
  • This 1962 NASA file photo shows then astronaut John Glenn in the Friendship 7 spacecraft during his flight around the Earth. NASA is expected 16 January to announce that now 76 year-old US Senator John Glenn, D-OH, may go into space again aboard a space shuttle. AFP PHOTO NASA (Photo credit should read /AFP/Getty Images)
  • US astronaut John Glenn waves to friends and relatives 28 October for the last time before he blasts off into space aboard the US space shuttle Discovery in a scheduled 29 October launch. The 77-year-old Glenn was the first American to fly in orbit and will be the oldest man to fly in space. Discovery and its seven-person crew will perform several scientific experiments during their nine day mission. (Photo credit should read GEORGE SCHELTON/AFP/Getty Images)
  • US astronaut and senator John Glenn handles his gloves 27 October in the operations and check out building at the Kennedy Space Center as he practices suiting up in his pressurized flight suit in preparation for his 29 October scheduled flight into space aboard the US space shuttle Discovery. Glenn, who is 77-years-old and was the first American to orbit the earth in 1962, will be the oldest man to fly in space. (Photo credit should read GEORGE SCHELTON/AFP/Getty Images)
  • US Senator and astronaut John Glenn (R) and his wife Annie, along with the crew of the recently completed Space Shuttle Discovery mission, parade up Broadway's 'Canyon of Heroes' 16 November as the crew were given a ticker tape parade. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Astronaut John Glenn poses with the Congressional Gold Medal during a ceremony in the Rotunda of the Capitol November 16, 2011 in Washington, DC. Glenn was the first US astronaut to orbit the Earth and the third in space. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
  • US astronaut John Glenn enters into the Mercury 'Frienship-7' capsule in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on February 20, 1962, prior to the launch of the spacecraft for the first US manned orbital flight ever. AFP PHOTO NASA (Photo credit should read /AFP/Getty Images)
  • Astronaut John Glenn (L) is hoisted up for part of his shuttle training at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, 01 June. Assisting Glenn is Crew Escape Equipment Technician Sharon Jones Hoot (R). Senator Glenn is the payload specialist for the crew of the space shuttle Discovery which is scheduled to launch 29 October. AFP PHOTO/Paul BUCK (Photo credit should read PAUL BUCK/AFP/Getty Images)
  • US astronaut and senator John Glenn waves as he leaves the Operations and Check out building at the Kennedy Space Center, FL, 29 October in route to board the US space shuttle Discovery. Glenn who is 77 years old will be the oldest man to fly into space. AFP PHOTO Roberto SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
  • US astronaut and senator John Glenn waves as he leaves the Operations and Check out building at the Kennedy Space Center, FL, 29 October in route to board the US space shuttle Discovery. Glenn who is 77 years old will be the oldest man to fly into space. AFP PHOTO Roberto SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
  • United States Senator John Glenn of Ohio (R) prepares for centrifuge training at Brooks Air Force Base 19 February in San Antonio, Texas.. Glenn is scheduled to fly aboard the shuttle Discovery 29 October as a payload specialist participating in research on medical problems. Aiding Senator Glenn is NASA technician Carlos Gillis. AFP PHOTO Paul K. Buck (Photo credit should read PAUL K. BUCK/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Astronaut Senator John Glenn of Ohio climbs down the side of the space shuttle simulator during a post-landing egress training drill at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, 01 June. Senator Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth during his 1962 Mercury mission, will be a payload specialist on the STS-95 crew scheduled for launch in October. At 77, he will be the oldest person to fly in space. AFP PHOTO/PAUL K. BUCK (Photo credit should read PAUL BUCK/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Astronaut and Ohio Senator John Glenn receives help with his space helmet from a NASA technician prior to a session of space shuttle training at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, 01 June. Senator Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth on his 1962 Mercury mission, will be a payload specialist on the STS-95 crew scheduled for launch in October. At 77, he will be the oldest person to fly in space. AFP PHOTO/PAUL K. BUCK (Photo credit should read PAUL BUCK/AFP/Getty Images)
    
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Three days before the 50th anniversary of John Glenn's historic flight, the first American to orbit the Earth addressed employees at Kennedy Space Center.

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