|John Glenn is given a hero's welcome during a ticker tape parade in New York City. (UPI/Corbis/Bettmann)|
|President Kennedy awards John Glenn the NASA Distinguished Service Medal. (AP/Wide World)|
Glenn leaves NASA in 1964 when it becomes clear that he will not fly again. Some say the president doesn't want to risk the life of such a famous hero. Ten years later, he is elected to the United States Senate from Ohio. He serves four terms, retiring in 1998.
In October 1998, 77-year-old John Glenn once again makes history as the oldest man to fly in space. During the STS-95 space shuttle mission, he studies how space flight affects aging. When he returns from space Glenn again receives a ticker tape parade in New York City. As NASA's head administrator says at the time, "Unlike most astronauts, he never got the opportunity for a second flight. He is part of the NASA family, an American hero, and he has the right stuff for this mission."
|John Glenn, right, with the crew of STS-95 (NASA)|
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