John Glenn, a former US astronaut turned American icon, passed away Thursday at 95.
U.S. News reports Glenn was the last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts. According to U.S. News Glenn died at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio where he had been hospitalized for a week.
Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth, but he was breaking records before that. The Columbus Dispatch reports as a Marine Corps pilot he broke the transcontinental flight speed record. After that he went on to become the oldest man in space when he was one of seven astronauts aboard the shuttle Discovery.
Glenn served four terms as an Ohio Democratic Senator.
NASA tweeted, "We are saddened by the loss of Senator John Glenn...A true American hero. Goodspeed, John Glenn."