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President Obama orders flags lowered for John Glenn

Posted: 2:50 PM, Dec 09, 2016
Updated: 2016-12-09 19:50:55Z
President Obama orders flags lowered for John Glenn

President Obama has ordered that flags be lowered to half-staff in memory of former astronaut and Senator John Glenn.

Glenn died Thursday at the age of 95.

Glenn flew fighter planes in both World War II and Korea before NASA enlisted him to pilot space crafts. He became the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962.

Glenn served four terms in the United States Senate, and became the oldest man to leave the planet when joined a space shuttle mission in 1998.