Space Cowboy: John Glenn's 1998 Discovery Voyage

The producers at BIO.com review hundreds of photos of famous figures each week, from award-winning actors and popular singers, to headliners and scandal makers. While we're digging through these archives, we often come across amazing photos that we're...
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The producers at BIO.com review hundreds of photos of famous figures each week, from award-winning actors and popular singers, to headliners and scandal makers. While we're digging through these archives, we often come across amazing photos that we're...

The producers at BIO.com review hundreds of photos of famous figures each week, from award-winning actors and popular singers, to headliners and scandal makers. While we're digging through these archives, we often come across amazing photos that we're just dying to share. So, without further ado, here's the one image that stands out to us this week:

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John Glenn gets ready for his takeoff in 1998. (Photo from Getty Images)

Last week we saw Annie Edson Taylor (a.k.a. 'Queen of the Mist') climb into a wooden barrel and dive over Niagara falls at the age of 63. This week marks the anniversary when John Glenn climbed into a more modern barrel, better known as the shuttle Discovery, and returned to space at the age of 77—nearly forty years since his 1962 solo voyage into the unknown. Glenn became the oldest human to ever travel into space. Perhaps he owes a tip of the helmet to Ms. Taylor?