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Veteran US Astronaut John Glenn is awarded Medal of Freedom

31 May 2012, 12:54 UTC
Veteran US Astronaut John Glenn is awarded Medal of Freedom
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On 29 May, during a ceremony at the White House, President Barack Obama presented the former United States Marine Corps pilot, astronaut and United States Senator John Glenn with the Medal of Freedom, Glenn flew twice into orbit – the first time becoming the first US citizen in orbit (corrected from space) on his Mercury-Atlas 6 (MA-6) mission in February 1962, and then again later as a 77-year-old astronaut on the Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-95) in October 1998.

Looking like “master and pupil” but in reverse: the boyish President Obama awards veteran astronaut and US Senator John Glenn his medal. Courtesy: NASA/Bill Ingalls

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