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Neil Armstrong buried at sea

Neil Armstrong buried at sea

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Neil Armstrong, Apollo 11 commander and the first man on the moon, was laid to rest in the Atlantic Ocean Friday in a burial at sea, NASA said.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, July 18, 2012.
By United Press International
Shuttle Discovery flies over nation's capital

Shuttle Discovery flies over nation's capital

WASHINGTON, April 17 (UPI) -- Washington was treated to the sight of a space shuttle flying overhead as the orbiter Discovery was carried atop a 747 jet heading for its retirement home.
Glenn: I don't think of myself as a hero

Glenn: I don't think of myself as a hero

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- John Glenn, feted in his home state of Ohio Monday on the 50th anniversary of being the first American to orbit Earth, says he doesn't consider himself a hero.

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UPI Almanac for Monday, Feb. 20, 2012.
By United Press International
Understatement of the Week: John Glenn

Understatement of the Week: John Glenn

Understatement of the week:
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
John Glenn remembers 1962 space launch

John Glenn remembers 1962 space launch

MERRITT ISLAND, Fla., Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Astronauts John Glenn and Scott Carpenter visited the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the 50th anniversary of their Feb. 20, 1962, blastoff into orbit.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011.
By United Press International

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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011.
By United Press International
John Glenn turns 90

John Glenn turns 90

COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 18 (UPI) -- John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth when he was launched in the Friendship 7 capsule, turned 90 on Monday.

John Glenn blasts off into his 90s

COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 17 (UPI) -- Former astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn says he isn't sitting still as he gets ready to mark his 90th birthday.

NASA shows off a moon robot

DENVER, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency is exhibiting a lunar robot rover equipped with a drill, designed to find water and oxygen-rich soil on the moon.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008.
By United Press International

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007.
By United Press International

BMD Watch: THAAD exo-atmosphere success

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- The U.S. Missile Defense Agency carried out a successful test of its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, interceptor system Saturday.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst
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John Glenn
NASA Mercury Mission Astronauts John Glenn (L) and Scott Carpenter speak to the media during a press availability at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington on June 23, 2011. UPI/Kevin Dietsch
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John Herschel Glenn, Jr. (born July 18, 1921) is a former United States Marine Corps pilot, astronaut and United States senator who was the first American to orbit the Earth and third American in space. Glenn was a Marine Corps fighter pilot before joining NASA's Mercury program as a member of NASA's original astronaut group. He orbited the Earth in Friendship 7 in 1962. After retiring from NASA, he entered politics as a Democrat and represented Ohio in the United States Senate from 1974 to 1999.

Glenn received a Congressional Space Medal of Honor in 1978. He was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame in 1990. On October 29, 1998, he became the oldest person to fly in space, and the only one to fly in both the Mercury and Space Shuttle programs, when at age 77, he flew on Discovery (STS-95). Glenn and M. Scott Carpenter are the last surviving members of the Mercury Seven.

John Glenn was born in Cambridge, Ohio, to John Herschel Glenn Sr. and Teresa (née Sproat). He was raised in New Concord, Ohio. Glenn studied mathematics at Muskingum College, and received his private pilot's license as physics course credit in 1941. When the attack on Pearl Harbor brought the United States into World War II, he dropped out of college and enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps; however, the Army did not call him up, and in March 1942 he enlisted as a United States Navy aviation cadet. He trained at Naval Air Station Olathe, where he made his first solo flight in a military aircraft. In 1943, during advanced training at the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, he was reassigned to the United States Marine Corps. After completing his training, Glenn was assigned to Marine squadron VMJ-353, flying R4D transport planes. He eventually managed a transfer to VMF-155 as an F4U Corsair pilot, and flew 59 combat missions in the South Pacific. He saw action over the Marshall Islands, where he attacked anti-aircraft batteries and dropped bombs on Maloelap. In 1945, he was assigned to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, where he was promoted to captain shortly before the war ended. Glenn flew patrol missions in North China with the VMF-218 squadron, until it was transferred to Guam. He became a flight instructor at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1948, then attended the amphibious warfare school and received a staff assignment.

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