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December 9, 2016

5 things to know about John Glenn: Astronaut, senator, American hero

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  • Former astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn died on Thursday, December 9, 2016. He was 95-years-old.
  • In 1962, Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth, circling the globe three times.
  • Glenn was a highly-decorated Marine fighter pilot in World War II and the Korean War.
  • Glenn served four terms in the U.S. Senate from Ohio and became chief author of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Act.
  • In 1998 at age 77, Glenn became the oldest person to fly in space when he returned on board the shuttle Discovery.

Class discussion questions 
  1. Essential question: What makes a person a hero? What makes a person take the risks in life that John Glenn took?
  2. Why do many people view John Glenn as an American hero?
  3. NewsHour correspondent Miles O’Brien said Glenn’s was a “life well-lived.” Is there someone in your life who comes to mind as having a life well-lived? Who is it? What could you tell your classmates about this person?
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