Former astronaut, US Sen. John Glenn is hospitalized in Ohio

  • Former astronaut, US Sen. John Glenn is hospitalized in Ohio

Former astronaut, US Sen. John Glenn is hospitalized in Ohio

A "celebration of life" will be at OSU's Mershon Auditorium. Glenn is to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C. "John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth", NASA tweeted. He died Thursday at age 95. Our thoughts are with his beloved wife Annie, their children John and Carolyn and the entire Glenn family.

The museum named for the space hero, who died Thursday, and his wife closed November 1 with the exception of special tours and events, but opened Friday with free admission. And a hero. He was 40 years old. Westworld's Ed Harris played Glenn in the movie.

"Senator Glenn was a decorated U.S. Marine aviator, legendary NASA astronaut, tireless public servant, and an unparalleled supporter of The John Glenn College of Public Affairs at Ohio State, where he served actively as an adjunct professor until just recently", Ohio State President Michael Drake said.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich took to Twitter once the news broke to honor Ohio's "ultimate hometown hero".

His death on Thursday, at the grand age of 95, reminds us of a time when the word "hero" was not used loosely, and when space exploration was bold and exciting.

Glenn was also important when he was Earth-bound.

Flags around New Concord have been lowered and the university where he was a trustee held a moment of silence before a basketball game Thursday after the former astronaut and US senator died earlier in the day.

Char Lyn Grujoksi, of Connersville, Indiana, stopped in after spotting a roadside sign for the museum while driving home from Pittsburgh and listening to a radio report on Glenn.

The former astronaut had been battling health issues after suffering from stroke a few years ago. John Glenn has died in Ohio.

Glenn was hospitalized at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus for more than a week.

He was "exactly at the right place at the right time for when America needed somebody to not only become the first American to orbit the Earth, but to actually project what it meant for America to put a person into space", French said.

Aboard the tiny Friendship Seven capsule, in just under five hours, Glenn circled the globe three times, captivating the country as tensions with archrival Russian Federation ran high. He moved into politics soon after, becoming friends with the Kennedys and eventually serving 24 years in the U.S. Senate before retiring in 1999.

The last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts returned to space in 1998, aged 77, aboard space shuttle Discovery.