John Glenn: A Life of Service chronicles this American hero, born in Ohio, who has dedicated himself to a life of duty and public service.
Using archival footage and interviews with Senator Glenn, lawmakers, journalists, and historians, the documentary is an inspiring look at Glenn’s incredible career. From a war pilot to being the first American to orbit the Earth to his days in the Senate – and at 77 years of age becoming the oldest person to go into space – the viewer is transported to the pivotal moments in John Glenn’s life when he put country before self.
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John Glenn Returns To Space
On Oct. 29, 1998, the Discovery blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center with John Glenn the oldest person to go into space. The nation’s attention was captivated by the mission which included the 77-year-old space pioneer’s return to space 36 years after his one and only space flight.
Before John Glenn’s historic orbiting of the Earth aboard Friendship 7, the mission was delayed 11 times due to mechanical issues and system malfunctions. With his life at risk, the flight was delayed six weeks. Glenn finally went into space on February 20, 1962.
Growing up during the Great Depression in New Concord, Ohio, John Glenn witnessed first-hand how President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s government-sponsored initiatives could help the country. Glenn’s father served as a foreman on a sewer project funded by the Work Projects Administration (WPA).
John Glenn served 23 years as a U.S. Senator from Ohio. However in his third attempt to be elected, John Glenn was criticized by Democratic challenger Howard Metzenbaum in 1974 that he had never worked for a living.