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Astronaut John Glenn gives ready sign during Mercury-Atlas 6 pre- launch training activities. Note the mirrors attached to his spacesuit. January 23, 1962

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On February 20, 1962 at 9:47 am EST, John Glenn launched from Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 14 to become the first American to orbit the Earth. In this image, Glenn enters his Friendship 7 capsule with assistance from technicians to begin his historic flight. Glenn rejoined NASA in 1998 as a member of the STS-95 Discovery crew. This 9-day mission, from October 29 - November 7, supported a variety of research payloads including deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope Orbital Systems Test Platform and investigations on space flight and the aging process. Image Credit: NASA

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Astronaut and former Sen. John Glenn says that inspectors general require "unfettered access" to investigate the agencies they are supposed to monitor rather than getting permission from agencies to do so. (Associated Press)

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John Glenn, a former astronaut and senator, gestures while answering questions during an exclusive interview with The Associated Press at the Ohio Statehouse in this Thursday, May 14, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

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** FILE ** In this Jan. 25, 2012, file photo, John Glenn poses for a photo during an interview at his office in Columbus, Ohio. The former astronaut and Ohio U.S. senator has had a heart valve replacement as he approaches his 93rd birthday. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

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A view of the new USNS John Glenn that was christened Saturday Feb. 1, 2014, at General Dynamics NASSCO. (AP Photo/UT San Diego, Charlie Neuman) MANDATORY CREDIT

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John Glenn is applauded by high ranking Naval Officers shortly after his daughter Lyn Glenn smashed the ceremonial bottle of champagne on the side of the USNS John Glenn during its christening at General Dynamics NASSCO, Saturday Feb. 1, 2014, in San Diego, Calif. (AP Photo/UT San Diego, Charlie Neuman) MANDATORY CREDIT

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Astronaut Scott Carpenter listens to a question from the media about his experience in space, at the Kennedy Space Center, Friday, Feb. 17, 2012 in Cape Canaveral, Fla. John Glenn fever has taken hold in the U.S. once again. Three days before the 50th anniversary of his historic flight, the first American to orbit the Earth addressed employees at Kennedy Space Center. (AP Photo/Michael Brown)

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Astronaut Scott Carpenter listens to a question from the media about his experience in space, at the Kennedy Space Center, Friday, Feb. 17, 2012 in Cape Canaveral, Fla. John Glenn fever has taken hold in the U.S. once again. Three days before the 50th anniversary of his historic flight, the first American to orbit the Earth addressed employees at Kennedy Space Center. (AP Photo/Michael Brown)

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Annie Glenn, left, the wife of astronaut Sen. John Glenn (D-Ohio), second from left, watches as Glenn holds the hand of singer Diana Krall, right, as she returns to her seat after performing "Fly Me to The Moon" during the memorial service for Neil Armstrong at the National Cathedral2. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, fourth from right, Annie Glenn, third from right, her husband, astronaut and Sen. John Glenn (D-Ohio), second from right, and singer Diana Krall, right, watch as the flags are marched into the memorial service for Neil Armstrong at the National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., Thursday, September 13, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, second from left, watches as Annie Glenn, third from left, and her husband, astronaut and Sen. John Glenn (D-Ohio), second from right, are greeted by a marine before the start of the memorial service for Neil Armstrong. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Astronaut Sen. John Glenn (D-Ohio) and his wife Annie depart after a memorial service for Neil Armstrong at the National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., Thursday, September 13, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, fourth from right, Annie Glenn, third from right, her husband, astronaut and Sen. John Glenn (D-Ohio), second from right, and singer Diana Krall, right, watch as the flags are marched into the memorial service for Neil Armstrong at the National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., Thursday, September 13, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)