John Glenn Friendship 7 Day
Published: Thursday, November 17, 2011
Updated: Friday, November 18, 2011 08:11
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Every Feb. 20 starting in 2012 would be "John Glenn Friendship 7 Day" under a bill passed by the Ohio Senate.
The day would mark the 50th anniversary of Glenn's space flight orbiting the earth — the first for the United States. The bill cleared the Senate Tuesday and now goes to the House.
Bill sponsor Sen. Tom Sawyer says Glenn's flight led to an "era of epic heroism."
Glenn served as a U.S. Marine Corps pilot in World War II and the Korean War before joining NASA and orbiting the earth three times in his spacecraft, the Friendship 7 — a flight featured in the 1983 film "The Right Stuff."
After resigning from the space program in 1964, Glenn served Ohio in the U.S. Senate from 1974 to 1999.
"The most important thing we can do is inspire young minds and to advance the kind of science, math and technology education that will help youngsters take us to the next phase of space travel."
"I wish that every flight received this same kind of attention. Each flight deserves it."
— John Glenn, Muskingum University alum