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BREAKING: Astronaut and former Sen. John Glenn has died

Astronaut John Glenn photographed in space by an automatic sequence motion picture camera on Feb. 20, 1962. Glenn was in a state of weightlessness traveling at 17,500 mph as this picture was taken. (Getty)

According to ABC News, former "Magnificent Seven" astronaut John Herschel Glenn Jr., one of NASA's shining lights of the Mercury program, first American in orbit and four-term senator from Ohio, has passed away at the age of 95.

Glenn was best known as one of NASA's best and most recognized astronauts and was a proponent of STEM programs long before they were given the acronym. At the age of 77, he returned to space on the Space Shuttle Discovery following his final term as senator.

America was lucky to claim a man with the right stuff.

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