John Glenn is dead



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John Glenn death: Pioneering US astronaut was 95 - BBC News

Astronaut and former US senator John Glenn is dead. Like his fellow astronauts he was just a spark or a stuck valve from death but did it anyway. RIP
2 quotes I remember. He described waiting for his first take off and thinking "I'm sitting here with my ass strapped to a million parts all supplied by the lowest bidder". After the Challenger explosion he said "Space is too dangerous for schoolteachers, we were test pilots, it was our job to get killed". RIP
 

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John Glenn dies today aged 95

Another of the generation that had the "right stuff" hangs up his goggles for the last time. Most well known for being the first American to Orbit the Earth. He also went up in a shuttle mission and I think is the oldest Astronaut to go into space


John Glenn, first American to orbit the Earth, dead at 95 - CBS News


John H. Glenn Jr., a decorated combat veteran and test pilot who gained worldwide fame as the first American to orbit the Earth, went on to become a U.S. senator and, in the autumn of his life, returned to space aboard the shuttle Discovery, has died. He was 95 years old.

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"Just going down to the corner to get chewing gum".
 
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Yeah. Exactly the same :roll:

I wonder is there a list of how many people have gone into orbit so far... (there most likely is)
I was promised continuously by books when I was a youngin' that space travel would be the next big thing...





p.s. TFM drives rocket-propelled automobiles.
 

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Yeah. Exactly the same :roll:
If you think so.

My view is that driving an automobile is more diffcult.

Rockets are largely automated , there are no traffic lights and your unlikely to have a collision with another rocket.
 

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If you think so.

My view is that driving an automobile is more diffcult.

Rockets are largely automated , there are no traffic lights and your unlikely to have a collision with another rocket.
Indeed, but you have to fly with your anus trying to relocate to your throat
 

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I wonder is there a list of how many people have gone into orbit so far... (there most likely is)
I was promised continuously by books when I was a youngin' that space travel would be the next big thing...





p.s. TFM drives rocket-propelled automobiles.

Not as many as have gone into Jordan
 

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If you think so.

My view is that driving an automobile is more diffcult.

Rockets are largely automated , there are no traffic lights and your unlikely to have a collision with another rocket.

Is risk perception subject to the perceiver?
 

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It's a disservice to simply view him an astronaut.
In order to get into that position, he took his life into his hands numerous times when testing new aircraft.
Like Columbus leaving for the new world, humankind needs people like this.
They stretch the boundaries for all of us.
And we all win in the end.
 

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LEGEND

I always think of John Glenn every time I get out of the bath:cool:

On February 26, 1964, a bathroom rug slipped under him in his Columbus, Ohio, apartment, and Glenn fell, striking his head on

So if it could happen to an astronaut....:confused:

Lets be careful out there Folks!

But seriously one of the pioneers of Space Flight

You need plenty of Steel in your constitution to do what he and the other test pilots undertook

- balls in particular

RIP John Glenn
 


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