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John Glenn honoured with launch of space station supply ship

Published:Tuesday | April 18, 2017 | 3:40 PM


John Glenn's trailblazing legacy took flight yesterday as a cargo ship bearing his name rocketed towards the International Space Station.

An Atlas rocket provided the late-morning lift to orbit, just as it did for Glenn 55 years ago.

The commercial cargo ship, dubbed the S.S. John Glenn, holds nearly 7,700 pounds (3,500 kilograms) of food, equipment and research for the space station. It is due there on Saturday, two days after the arrival of two fresh astronauts.

Glenn, an original Mercury 7 astronaut, became the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962. He launched again in 1998 aboard shuttle Discovery at age 77, the oldest person

ever in space. He died in December and was buried at the Arlington National Cemetery two weeks ago.