By Ares Astro
Picture this: The year is 1962. America is caught in the middle of a space race with Russia. In the midst of all the chaos, you are selected to become the first person in your country to ride a fireball into the thermosphere and circumnavigate the globe at an altitude and velocity that none of your fellow countrymen have ever dared to reach before. You entrust your life unto the ingenuity of your country’s most capable, don your spacesuit, strap into your seat and reach for the stars. That, my friends, is exactly what John Glenn did in the Mercury-Atlas 6 (MA-6) mission.
Godspeed, John Glenn
Reaching speeds of over 17,000mph and an apogee of 154.1 miles, Glenn became the first American to ever orbit the Earth, completing three full orbits before splashing down safely in the Atlantic Ocean. Today, we mourn his passing. Living to the ripe old age of 95, Glenn’s accomplishments were as impressive as they were plentiful. In the words of Elon Musk
A life well lived https://t.co/NZcRZUDroH
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 8, 2016
Perhaps Glenn’s greatest legacy of all lives on in the generations of young astronauts inspired by his endeavours to pursue the dream of human space exploration. As an organisation that deeply resonates with these values, it is with a heavy heart that we bid farewell to a true legend and one of our greatest heroes. Godspeed, John Glenn.