John Herschel Glenn, Jr., one of the most prominent astronauts in American history and a four-term U.S. senator from Ohio, died December 8, 2016 at a hospital in Columbus, his family said. He was 95. Here is a look back at Glenn's storied career from the photo archives of UPI.
Astronaut John H. Glenn (L), Flight Surgeon Dr. William Douglas and equipment specialist Joe Schmitt leave crew quarters prior to the Mercury-Atlas 6 (MA-6) mission on February 20, 1962. Glenn carries a portable ventilation unit. Photo by NASA/UPI
Astronaut John Glenn, wearing a Mercury pressure suit, was the pilot of the Mercury-Atlas 6 (MA-6) mission. Glenn made America's first manned Earth-orbital space flight on February 20, 1962. This photograph was taken at Cape Canaveral, Florida, during MA-6 preflight training activities. Photo by NASA/UPI
John Glenn (3rd from left) is pictured with the "Original Seven" Mercury astronauts. From left: Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Deke Slayton. (UPI Photo/NASA)