John Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth and he served his home state of Ohio in the US Senate. Glenn passed away Thursday at the age of 95.

On February 20, 1962, Glenn flew the Friendship 7 mission becoming the first American to orbit the Earth and the fifth person in space. He was the last survivor of the Mercury Seven, the pioneering astronauts depicted in Tom Wolfe's novel The Right Stuff. The story later became an Academy Award-winning film. Glenn served in the US Senate for 25 years, eight of those years, he served as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs.

In 1998, Glenn made history again as the oldest person at age 77 to fly in space and the only one to fly in the both the Mercury and Space Shuttle programs. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.

Here is footage from Glenn's historic 1962 Earth orbit.