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Born: July 18, 1921 in Cambridge, Ohio
Died: December 8, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio
John Herschel Glenn, Jr. (Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, Retired)
PERSONAL DATA: Born July 18, 1921 in Cambridge, Ohio. Married to the
former Anna Margaret Castor of New Concord, Ohio. They have two grown children
and two grandchildren.
EDUCATION: Glenn attended primary and secondary schools in New
Concord, Ohio. He attended Muskingum College in New Concord and received a
Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering. Muskingum College also awarded him an
honorary Doctor of Science degree in engineering. He has received honorary
doctoral degrees from nine colleges or universities.
SPECIAL HONORS: Glenn has been awarded the Distinguished Flying
Cross on six occasions, and holds the Air Medal with 18 Clusters for his service
during World War II and Korea. Glenn also holds the Navy Unit Commendation for
service in Korea, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the American Campaign
Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the China Service Medal, the National
Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service
Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation, the Navy's Astronaut Wings, the
Marine Corps' Astronaut Medal, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, and the
Congressional Space Medal of Honor.
EXPERIENCE: He entered the Naval Aviation Cadet Program in March
1942 and was graduated from this program and commissioned in the Marine Corps in
1943. After advanced training, he joined Marine Fighter Squadron 155 and spent a
year flying F-4U fighters in the Marshall Islands.
During his World War II service, he flew 59 combat missions. After the war,
he was a member of Marine Fighter Squadron 218 on the North China patrol and
served on Guam. From June 1948 to December 1950 Glenn was an instructor in
advanced flight training at Corpus Christi, Texas. He then attended Amphibious
Warfare Training at Quantico, Virginia. In Korea he flew 63 missions with Marine
Fighter Squadron 311. As an exchange pilot with the Air Force Glenn flew 27
missions in the in F-86 Sabrejet. In the last nine days of fighting in Korea
Glenn downed three MIG's in combat along the Yalu River.
After Korea, Glenn attended Test Pilot School at the Naval Air Test Center,
Patuxent River, Maryland. After graduation, he was project officer on a number
of aircraft. He was assigned to the Fighter Design Branch of the Navy Bureau of
Aeronautics (now Bureau of Naval Weapons) in Washington from November 1956 to
April 1959, during which time he also attended the University of Maryland.
In July 1957, while project officer of the F8U Crusader, he set a
transcontinental speed record from Los Angeles to New York, spanning the country
in 3 hours and 23 minutes. This was the first transcontinental flight to average
supersonic speed. Glenn has nearly 9,000 hours of flying time, with
approximately 3,000 hours in jet aircraft.
NASA EXPERIENCE: Glenn was assigned to the NASA Space Task Group at
Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia, in April 1959 after his selection as
a Project Mercury Astronaut. The Space Task Group was moved to Houston and
became part of the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center in 1962. Glenn flew on
Mercury-6 (February 20, 1962) and STS-95 (October 29 to November 7, 1998), and
has logged over 218 hours in space. Prior to his first flight, Glenn had served
as backup pilot for Astronauts Shepard and Grissom. When astronauts were given
special assignments to ensure pilot input into the design and development of
spacecraft, Glenn specialized in cockpit layout and control functioning,
including some of the early designs for the Apollo Project. Glenn resigned from
the Manned Spacecraft Center on January 16, 1964. He was promoted to the rank of
Colonel in October 1964 and retired from the Marine Corps on January 1, 1965. He
was a business executive from 1965 until his election to the United States
Senate in November 1974. Glenn retired from the U.S. Senate in January
SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: On February 20, 1962, Glenn piloted the
Mercury-Atlas 6 "Friendship 7" spacecraft on the first manned orbital mission of
the United States. Launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, he completed a
successful three-orbit mission around the earth, reaching a maximum altitude
(apogee) of approximately 162 statute miles and an orbital velocity of
approximately 17,500 miles per hour. Glenn's "Friendship 7" Mercury spacecraft
landed approximately 800 miles southeast of KSC in the vicinity of Grand Turk
Island. Mission duration from launch to impact was 4 hours, 55 minutes, and 23
STS-95 Discovery (October 29 to November 7, 1998) was a 9-day mission
during which the crew supported a variety of research payloads including
deployment of the Spartan solar-observing spacecraft, the Hubble Space Telescope
Orbital Systems Test Platform, and investigations on space flight and the aging
process. The mission was accomplished in 134 Earth orbits, traveling 3.6 million
miles in 213 hours and 44 minutes.
2014 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Other), 2014 The Sixties (Other), 2013 John Glenn: A Life of Service (in person), 2012 The Astronomer (Other), 2011 Love, Hate & Propaganda: The Cold War (Other), 2009 The 23rd Annual Midsouth Emmy Awards (in person), 2008 When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions (in person), 2008 When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions (Other), 2008 Swing State (in person), 2007 Mars Rising (Other), 2006 The First Miracle: 1960 US Olympic Hockey Team (Other), 2006 Challenger: The Untold Story (Other), 2005 Conquering Space: The Moon and Beyond (Other), 2005 Beyond the Moon: Failure Is Not an Option 2 (Other), 2004 I Love the '90s (Other), 2003 Save Our History (in person), 2003 Kitty Hawk: The Wright Brothers' Journey of Invention (in person), 2003 Failure Is Not an Option (Other), 2001 Modern Marvels (Other), 2001 Korean War Stories (in person), 2001 Frasier (Performer), 2001 50 Years of NBC Late Night (in person), 2000 The Dish (Other), 2000 The American President (in person), 2000 ESPN SportsCentury (in person), 1999 Viden om (Other), 1999 The Century: America's Time (in person), 1999 The 71st Annual Academy Awards (in person), 1998-1999 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (in person), 1998 Space Shuttle Discovery: John Glenn Launch (in person), 1998 John Glenn: American Hero (in person), 1998 Cold War (in person), 1997 Cronkite Remembers (Other), 1996-2003 Biography (in person), 1994 Star Trek: A Captain's Log (Other), 1994 Moon Shot (in person), 1994 Houston, We've Got a Problem (Other), 1993 The Tribute: Mercury, Gemini, Apollo & Skylab (in person), 1991 Star Trek 25th Anniversary Special (Other), 1989 11-22-63: The Day the Nation Cried (Other), 1988 Korea: The Unknown War (in person), 1987 Future Flight (in person), 1986 CNN Prime News (in person), 1985 Spaceflight (in person), 1984 Samantha Smith Goes to Washington: Campaign '84 (in person), 1972 Here Comes Tomorrow: The Fear Fighters (in person), 1970 The David Frost Show (in person), 1968 The Joey Bishop Show (in person), 1968 On the Trail of Stanley and Livingstone (in person), 1965 John F. Kennedy: Years of Lightning, Day of Drums (Other), 1962 The Ed Sullivan Show (Other), 1953 Name That Tune (in person)
GENERAL GHERMAN TITOV
Born: September 11, 1935 in Altai Krai, Russian SFSR
Died: September 20, 2000 in Moscow, Russia
Gherman Stepanovich Titov (11 September 1935 – 20
September 2000) was a Soviet cosmonaut who, on 6 August 1961, became the second
human to orbit the Earth aboard Vostok 2, preceded by Yuri Gagarin on Vostok 1.
Titov was the fourth man in space after Gagarin and Americans Alan Shepard and
Gus Grissom (the latter two made suborbital voyages).
flight finally proved that humans could live and work in space. He was the first
person to orbit the Earth multiple times (a total of 17), to spend more than a
day in space, to sleep in orbit and to suffer from space sickness. He was the
first to pilot a spaceship personally and he made the first manual photographs
from orbit, thus setting a record for modern space photography. A month short of
26 years old at launch, he remains the youngest person to fly in
In his subsequent life Titov continued to work for the
Soviet space program, playing a major role in Spiral project where he trained to
become the first pilot of an orbital spaceplane. However, after the death of
Yuri Gagarin in a military aircraft accident in 1968 the Soviet government
decided it couldn't afford to lose its second cosmonaut, and so Titov's career
as test pilot ended.
Titov served in the Soviet Air Force and become
General-Colonel, and in his final years in post-Soviet Russia he became a
2009 Cosmonaut (Other), 2005 Conquering Space: The Moon and Beyond (Other), 1998 Cold War (in person), 1961 Unser Sandmännchen (in person)