John Herschel Glenn died last Thursday. He will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday. He is one of the rare humans who made the world a better place by just being himself. What impresses me the most about John Glenn’s life, even beyond all his accomplishments, is that I’ve never heard one thing bad about him. Honestly, I mean it!
I learned about John Glenn while I was in high school. The entire student body was called to the auditorium to witness our earliest explorations of space. A single box-like television set was dragged up on the stage. The sound of the broadcast was put on our public address system so we could hear all the preparations leading up to the launch and the reassurances in the landings. Over time I heard more about John Glenn. I learned that he had received a bachelor of science degree in engineering before he was commissioned in the Marine Corps. There he flew 59 combat missions during World War II and 63 missions over Korea. As as a test pilot Glenn set a transcontinental speed record flying at supersonic speed from Los Angeles to New York and he was the first American to orbit the Earth.
Then Glenn resigned as an astronaut at the age of 43. He got involved in Ohio politics, winning a Senate seat in 1974 and remaining in that position for four consecutive terms. Understandably he was considered one of the Senate’s leading experts on science and technology, but he also worked tirelessly to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction. Finally at the age of seventy-seven Glenn came out of retirement. He rejoined NASA and became the oldest person to fly in space. John Glenn himself was the subject of a study regarding the aging process in regard to space.
John Glenn was born on Monday and in the sign of Cancer. This makes him doubly influenced by the Moon. He let himself to perform flexibly in every phase of his life. To my knowledge he never aggressively confronted anyone but he stood up for his personal values through his actions. These are the adaptive qualities of the Moon operating optimally. The Moon’s placement in Capricorn added determination to his nature.
NASA has created a beautiful tribute to John Glenn’s life. It features a photograph of Glenn relaxing aboard a ship at sea. He is wearing a NASA coveralls, high top sneakers and aviator sunglasses. To me this image signifies the attitude and composure of a Man born on Monday.
Next the relationship of John and Annie Glenn.