US begins to bid John Glenn farewell with public viewing

John Glenn was the first US man to orbit the Earth as part of Project Mercury. Project Mercury sent six spacecraft into orbit from 1961 to 1963 each performing onboard experiments, staying out in orbit just a bit longer, and testing the entire Mercury Space Flight Network (MSFN).(NASA)

COLUMBUS (AP) – John Glenn’s home state and the nation will begin saying goodbye to the famed astronaut as he lies in state at Ohio’s capitol building.

A public viewing for the first American to orbit Earth is scheduled to stretch at least eight hours starting at noon on Friday in Columbus.

The 95-year-old Glenn died last week.

There will be a series of events celebrating his life.

The tributes include a Marine honor guard, a public processional and a public memorial service on Saturday at Ohio State University.

Glenn grew up in a small Ohio town, served as a fighter pilot in World War II and Korea and represented Ohio in the U.S. Senate for more than two decades.

He became the oldest man in space, at age 77 in 1998.

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