Godspeed John Glenn. Our American small town hero has passed away, and Discovery will salute his contributions to our history and to the world this Sunday.
Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth during the height of the space race. Geniuses seem to find their way, as did Glenn who was raised in small town America.
Discovery’s airing of When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions will truly underscore what a treasure we lost with Glenn’s passing.
The episode includes interviews from Mercury and space shuttle astronauts and Glenn’s own account of his missions.
In the Discovery tribute, there are those who knew him “back then” in New Concord, Ohio and give us insight into the World War II and Korea veteran who was selected to become part of the American Space Program.
Glenn made three orbits around the earth, and then home again. Included in Discovery’s special are interior shots aboard the Friendship Seven space capsule, and Glenn’s comments as he works inside the capsule during this mission.
Glenn’s bucolic childhood was the nurturing he needed to dream big, beyond the horizon and see into the future. He graduated with honors from New Concord high school. He worked at his father’s shop Glenn Plumbing, and then went on to college and played center on the football team.
He married his wife Annie and lived in a small town until his life’s preparation took him to serve in WWII accomplishing naval flight training and then furthering his knowledge, 59 missions fought in the war until he returned to Corpus Christi, TX.
Then, Major John Glenn flew 90 missions in Korea and returned to set flight speed records in the USA. Soon after he was chosen to become an astronaut and train for the new space program overseen by President Kennedy.
He was a pioneer, an aviation icon and American hero. R.I.P. John Glenn.
Watch When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions, on Sunday, December 11 at 9 AM ET/PT.