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He was one of the Mercury Seven: military test pilots selected in 1959 by NASA as the United States' first astronauts. On February 20, 1962, Glenn flew the Friendship 7 mission; the first American to orbit the Earth, he was the fifth person in space. He received the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, the Congressional Space Medal of Honor in 1978, was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in 1990, and was the last surviving member of the Mercury Seven. After Glenn resigned from NASA in 1964 and retired from the Marine Corps the following year, he planned to run for a U.S. Senate seat from Ohio. An injury in early 1964 forced his withdrawal, and he lost a close primary election in 1970. A member of the Democratic Party, Glenn first won election to the Senate in 1974 and served for 24 years until January 3, 1999. In 1998, still a sitting senator, Glenn was the oldest person to fly in space as a crew member of the Discovery space shuttle and the only person to fly in both the Mercury and Space Shuttle programs. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.
US Marine Corps photo illustration # NH 61208-M-JT438-387 WASHINGTON (Dec. 8, 2016) by Sgt. Elize McKelvey
|287k||USNS John Glenn (T-ESD-2) transits San Diego Bay after successfully completing Builder's Sea Trials on 13 January 2014. The ship is expected to be delivered to the Navy in March following Acceptance Trails.
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140109-N-EW716-003 SAN DIEGO (Jan. 9, 2014)
140109-N-EW716-002 SAN DIEGO (Jan. 9, 2014) and
140109-N-EW716-001 SAN DIEGO (Jan. 9, 2014)
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|184k||Christening ceremony of Mobile Landing Platform USNS John Glenn (T-ESD-2), 1 February 2017||Ron Reeves|
|135k||Former U.S. Senator John Glenn renders respect to the national ensign during the presentation of the colors at the christening ceremony of Mobile Landing Platform USNS John Glenn (T-ESD-2). The ship, named in honor of U.S. senator, astronaut and Marine Corps pilot John Glenn, represents the newest platform in Navy-Marine Corps integration that will enable Sailors and Marines to be where it matters, when it matters for amphibious operations or humanitarian and disaster relief efforts among other roles
US Navy photo # 140201-N-WL435-167 SAN DIEGO (Feb. 1, 2014) by MCC Peter D. Lawlor.
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|217k||Ship's sponsor Lyn Glenn breaks a bottle of champagne on the hull of the ship to bear her father's name, Mobile Landing Platform USNS John Glenn (T-ESD-2), and in doing so officially christens the ship.
US Navy photo # 140201-N-WL435-529 SAN DIEGO (Feb. 1, 2014 by MCC Peter D. Lawlor.
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|164k||Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) ADM. Jonathan Greenert and platform members applaud former U.S. Senator John Glenn after his daughter Lyn
Glenn, the ship's sponsor, broke a bottle of champagne on the hull to officially christen Mobile Landing Platform USNS John Glenn (T-ESD-2).
US Navy photo 140201-N-WL435-552 SAN DIEGO (Feb. 1, 2014) by MCC Peter D. Lawlor.
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|142k||USNS Montford Point (T-ESD-1) and USNS John Glenn (T-ESD-2) pass each other near San Diego in 2014.
Photo courtesy General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, (NASSCO) San Diego, CA.
|325k||USNS John Glenn (T-ESD-2) moored pierside at General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, (NASSCO) San Diego, CA., 10 October 2015||Photos by Tommy Trampp|
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