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  1. In this photo taken on Thursday, May 14, 2015, former astronaut and senator John Glenn answers questions during an exclusive interview with The Associated Press at the Ohio Statehouse. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
  2. Ohio native John Glenn has lived possibly the fullest life of any 95-year-old walking around today. From fighting in two wars, to breaking records as both a pilot and astronaut, to becoming an American hero turned Congressman, here are 9 reasons Glenn beats us all at life:
  3. 1. He took part in nearly 150 missions while fighting in World War II and the Korean War, working in the Marines and the Air Force during this time.
  4. John Glenn poses with some of his military colleagues a few decades ago. Military Fighter Pilot, Aviation
  5. 2. He set a transcontinental speed record in 1957, traveling from Los Angeles to New York in 3 hours and 23 minutes.
  6. Minutes after he stepped from plane in which he set cross-country mark Maj. John H. Glenn Jr. is surrounded by his family-at Floyd Bennett Field. (AP Wire photo)
  7. 3. He was chosen by NACA (preceded NASA) to be part of the initial U.S. Space Program, in a group that became known as the “Mercury 7.” This group was the United States’ answer to their competition with the Soviet Union over advancements in space technology.
  8. Mercury 7 astronauts standing in pressure suits. (Photo by Ralph Morse/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
  9. 4. He became the first astronaut to orbit the Earth in 1962, which he did three times.
  10. US astronaut John Glenn. Original Publication: People Disc - HD0154 (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
  11. 5. He received the NASA Distinguished Service Medal from President John F. Kennedy and became an American hero.
  12. 6. He became an Ohio senator in 1974 and served four terms in Congress, holding posts on several committees and speaking out on important issues.
  13. American John Glenn and Walter Mondale, John Presidential campaign, Minnesota, 1984. (Photo by Robert R. McElroy/Getty Images)
  14. 7. He became the oldest man to visit space in 1998 at the ageof 77, his second record as an astronaut. He took part in a nine-day mission on the shuttle Discovery.
  15. October 26, 1998: American astronaut John Glenn gives a thumbs up signal from the cockpit of an aircraft, three days before embarking on the STS-95 mission on the Discovery shuttle. (Photo by NASA/Space Frontiers/Getty Images)
  16. 8. He received another award from a president in 2012, when Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  17. Still shot from "The Astronaut Wives Club."
  18. 9. There has been a movie and a television show about him. The 1983 film “The Right Stuff” and the recently premiered series “The Astronaut Wives Club” both tell the story of the Mercury 7 flight. A new episode of the latter can be seen every Thursday on ABC.
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