NEW YORK, Nov. 16 -- Astronaut John Glenn's encore voyage into space has been honored with a second ticker-tape parade through Manhattan's Canyon of Heroes. Glenn and the crew of the space shuttle Discovery were presented the keys to New York City, 36 years after he became the first American to orbit Earth.
Glenn said he hoped his mission could inspire, 'some of our young people and maybe some of our older people to think of themselves as not what they can't do, but what they can do.' People were lined up 10 deep along the skyscraper-lined strip of Broadway between Battery Park and City Hall for a look at the 77-year- old pioneer, who rode in a 1952 Chrysler stretch limo with his wife Annie. Confetti rained down on the seven floats and dozen marching bands in the procession. Newsman Walter Cronkite, who covered the original flight and last month's mission, praised Glen for his courage and fortitude and said he was a hero now as he was a hero in 1962. The crowds were enthusiastic but thin compared to the New York Yankees victory parade. Home run hero Sammy Sosa marched down the Canyon of Heroes last month. The city reportedly delivered bags of confetti and American flags to downtown office buildings in an effort to get people into the spirit. ---
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