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People are paying their final respects to astronaut John Glenn as he lies in state at the Ohio capitol.

Glenn, who became one of the 20th century's greatest explorers as the first American to orbit Earth and later as the world's oldest astronaut, and also had a long career as a U.S. senator, died in Ohio on Thursday at age 95.

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Former astronaut and United States Senator John Glenn lies in state, under a U.S. Marine honor guard, in the Rotunda of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, U.S., December 16, 2016.

(NASA/Bill Ingalls/Handout)

A mourner salutes as he pays respects to the body of John Glenn, who became one of the 20th century's greatest explorers as the first American to orbit Earth and later as the world's oldest astronaut, in addition to a long career as a U.S. senator, at the statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, U.S. December 16, 2016.

(REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk)

A mourner weeps as she views the body of John Glenn, who became one of the 20th century's greatest explorers as the first American to orbit Earth and later as the world's oldest astronaut, in addition to a long career as a U.S. senator, at the statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, U.S. December 16, 2016.

(REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk)

United State Marines stand guard as mourners view the body of John Glenn, who became one of the 20th century's greatest explorers as the first American to orbit Earth and later as the world's oldest astronaut, in addition to a long career as a U.S. senator, at the statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, U.S. December 16, 2016.

(REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk)

Astronaut John H. Glenn, Jr., is in his Mercury flight suit in this undated NASA photo.

(Courtesy NASA/Handout via REUTERS)

Mourners view the body of John Glenn, who became one of the 20th century's greatest explorers as the first American to orbit Earth and later as the world's oldest astronaut, in addition to a long career as a U.S. senator, at the statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, U.S. December 16, 2016.

(REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk)

Veteran Warren E. Motts salutes the casket of former Astronaut and US Senator John Glenn as he lies in state at the Ohio Statehouse rotunda on December 16, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio, a day before a public memorial service. Glenn died on December 8, 2016 at the age of 95.

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Items in the Statehouse gift shop where mourners came to view the body of John Glenn, who became one of the 20th century's greatest explorers as the first American to orbit Earth and later as the world's oldest astronaut, in addition to a long career as a U.S. senator, at the statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, U.S. December 16, 2016.

(REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk)

A mourner pays his respects to the body of John Glenn, who became one of the 20th century's greatest explorers as the first American to orbit Earth and later as the world's oldest astronaut, in addition to a long career as a U.S. senator, at the statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, U.S. December 16, 2016.

(REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk)

Mourners view the body of John Glenn, who became one of the 20th century's greatest explorers as the first American to orbit Earth and later as the world's oldest astronaut, in addition to a long career as a U.S. senator, at the statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, U.S. December 16, 2016.

(REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk)

Mourners wait in line to view the body of John Glenn, who became one of the 20th century's greatest explorers as the first American to orbit Earth and later as the world's oldest astronaut, in addition to a long career as a U.S. senator, at the statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, U.S. December 16, 2016.

(REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk)

A man pays his respect to former astronaut and US Senator John Glenn is seen, as he lays in state at the Ohio Statehouse on December 16, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. Glenn died on December 8, 2016 at the age of 95.

(JOSHUA LOTT/AFP/Getty Images)

Astronaut John Glenn waves with crewmates as they depart crew quarters for the launching pad at the Kennedy Space Centre October 29, 1998.

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Veteran Warren E. Motts salutes the casket of former Astronaut and US Senator John Glenn as he lies in state at the Ohio Statehouse rotunda on December 16, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio, a day before a public memorial service. Glenn died on December 8, 2016 at the age of 95.

(JOSHUA LOTT/AFP/Getty Images)

People wait in line to pay their respects to former Astronaut and US Senator John Glenn, as he lays in state at the Ohio Statehouse on December 16, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. Glenn died on December 8, 2016 at the age of 95.

(JOSHUA LOTT/AFP/Getty Images)

United State Marines stand guard as mourners view the body of John Glenn, who became one of the 20th century's greatest explorers as the first American to orbit Earth and later as the world's oldest astronaut, in addition to a long career as a U.S. senator, at the statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, U.S. December 16, 2016.

(REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk)

Astronaut John Glenn relaxes aboard the USS Noa after being recovered from the Atlantic near Grand Turk Island following Glenn's first orbit around the Earth on February, 20, 1962. The Noa picked him up 21 minutes after impact.

(Courtesy NASA/Handout)

Mourners view the body of John Glenn, who became one of the 20th century's greatest explorers as the first American to orbit Earth and later as the world's oldest astronaut, in addition to a long career as a U.S. senator, at the statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, U.S. December 16, 2016.

(REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk)

A woman views the body of John Glenn, who became one of the 20th century's greatest explorers as the first American to orbit Earth and later as the world's oldest astronaut, in addition to a long career as a U.S. senator, at the statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, U.S. December 16, 2016.

(REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk)

A photo of former astronaut and US Senator John Glenn is seen, as he lays in state at the Ohio Statehouse on December 16, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. Glenn died on December 8, 2016 at the age of 95.

(JOSHUA LOTT/AFP/Getty Images)

People pay their respects to former Astronaut and US Senator John Glenn, as he lays in state at the Ohio Statehouse on December 16, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. Glenn died on December 8, 2016 at the age of 95.

(JOSHUA LOTT/AFP/Getty Images)

People pay their respects to former Astronaut and US Senator John Glenn, as he lays in state at the Ohio Statehouse on December 16, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. Glenn died on December 8, 2016 at the age of 95.

(JOSHUA LOTT/AFP/Getty Images)

People pay their respects to former Astronaut and US Senator John Glenn, as he lays in state at the Ohio Statehouse on December 16, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. Glenn died on December 8, 2016 at the age of 95.

(JOSHUA LOTT/AFP/Getty Images)

A man salutes former Astronaut and US Senator John Glenn, as he lays in state at the Ohio Statehouse on December 16, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. Glenn died on December 8, 2016 at the age of 95.

(JOSHUA LOTT/AFP/Getty Images)

Astronaut John H. Glenn Jr., pilot of the Mercury Atlas 6 (MA-6) spaceflight, poses for a photo with the Mercury "Friendship 7" spacecraft during preflight activities at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S. before Glenn piloted the Mercury-Atlas 6 "Friendship 7" spacecraft on the first manned orbital mission of the United States on February 20, 1962.

(Courtesy NASA/Handout via REUTERS)

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Glenn, the last surviving member of the original seven American "Right Stuff" Mercury astronauts, died at the James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State University in Columbus, said Hank Wilson, a spokesman at the university's John Glenn College of Public Affairs, which Glenn helped found.

Glenn was credited with reviving U.S. pride after the Soviet Union's early domination of manned space exploration. His three laps around the world in the Friendship 7 capsule on Feb. 20, 1962, forged a powerful link between the former fighter pilot and the Kennedy-era quest to explore outer space as a "New Frontier."

Glenn is survived by his wife of 73 years, his childhood sweetheart, Annie Castor. They had two children, David and Lyn.

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We are saddened by the loss of Sen. John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth. A true American hero. Godspeed,… https://t.co/TroDhCAmEe
Obama statement on the passing of John Glenn https://t.co/toJ55QjGpN
Today we lost a great pioneer of air and space in John Glenn. He was a hero and inspired generations of future explorers. He will be missed.
We mourn the passing and celebrate the life of Senator John Glenn. His legacy of friendship and discovery will live… https://t.co/TSSlIJDmz6
Aren’t many Heroes left: WWII & Korean War Fighter Pilot. Marine Colonel. NASA Astronaut. Senator. Married 73 yrs. John Glenn RIP 1921-2016
As a boy, John Glenn lifted my eyes to the heavens. Today, they welcome him back.
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The Corps lost a legend today. Col. John Glenn— an astronaut, a senator, a Marine— died at the age of 95. Semper… https://t.co/bFYwRaC8KS
Saddened to hear of the passing of a US hero/astronaut/statesman. His courage inspired a generation to explore & serve. Godspeed John Glenn
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Today, we join the world in mourning the passing of legendary astronaut, senator and Ohioan John Glenn.… https://t.co/TzFDM5f9Tu
Statement by former President @GeorgeHWBush on the passing of Senator John Glenn of Ohio. https://t.co/BugGLAHadg
RIP John Glenn. Ad Astra https://t.co/53TWVo1gAF
Godspeed John Glenn the best in war the best in peace the best in public service. Condolences to Annie the love of your life and the family
John Glenn’s humility and grace made his life achievements even more moving. Our hearts go out to his entire family. https://t.co/GjzAogv6Gy
An American treasure. Godspeed, John Glenn. https://t.co/zHNwVyujbx
John Glenn, one of the truly great explorers passed into the great unknown. May his spirit, whose restlessness expanded our horizons, RIP.
RIP John Glenn, and thanks for serving our country for so long in so many ways - always with The Right Stuff
John Glenn saw things no human being had ever seen before him. Imagine that.
RIP John Glenn, 95. War hero, Astronaut, Senator. A great American. https://t.co/aa0Y9WdWOR
The first American to orbit Earth, John Glenn illuminated a dark decade with inspiration https://t.co/2bscUZM4Gh
RIP #johnGlenn - his generation of astronauts were called "spam in a can" Glenn was so much more.
John and Annie have been a model for Jane and me, and we send our condolences to Annie & the Glenn family at this difficult time.
A man to admire: https://t.co/p9l9Gwx88m
John Glenn, a true hero, helped usher in a new era & inspired us all. A beloved senate colleague, he will be greatly missed.
"As I hurtled through space, one thought kept crossing my mind - every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowe… https://t.co/HmdsIc2Ndj
We are saddened to hear of the passing of John Glenn, a true pioneer of space. We salute his remarkable legacy. God… https://t.co/5w9PXztl2o
Former US Senator #JohnGlenn was a true hero. May he rest in the heavenly stars.
Condolences to the family of #JohnGlenn,American hero, former @NASA astronaut & US Senator from Ohio. He had… https://t.co/syL7NtS006
Godspeed, John Glenn (1921-2016): https://t.co/weKmIY3DFG
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