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    Astronaut John Glenn Dies at Age 95

    He’s slipped the surly bonds of Earth. The first American to orbit the planet and a four-term U.S. senator, Glenn died yesterday at the Ohio State Cancer Center. He became a war hero flying 149 combat missions in World War II and Korea before joining the fledgling space program as a Project Mercury astronaut. Glenn is being remembered today for his lifelong service to his country and his enduring bravery. As his backup famously told him during the Cape Canaveral launch of his historic 1962 mission, “Godspeed, John Glenn.”

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