John Glenn

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First Man: Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong in Damien Chazelle’s new film. Photograph: Universal/DreamWorks

 When First Man premiered at the Venice Film Festival last month, nobody was expecting critics to use the term “un-American”. An immaculate drama(...)

The rocket-build project cost $20,000, including Rust-Oleum paint to decorate it with the words “Research Flat Earth”. Photograph: madmikehughes.com

Mike Hughes, a 61-year old limo driver from Apple Valley, California, is planning to launch his home-made rocket 1,800 feet high over the Mojave Deser(...)

Annie Moore from Co Cork was the first immigrant to enter the United States through Ellis Island immigration point. This photograph, originally in black and white, was taken by Lewis Hine 30 years later. Photograph: New York Public Library

The day Annie Moore landed on Ellis Island in 1892 she was just 17½ years old. The girl from Co Cork, who arrived with her brothers Philip and Anthony(...)

Merriam-Webster has succeeded in its attempt to stop ‘fascism’ being named its word of the year. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Merriam-Webster has succeeded in its attempt to stop “fascism” being named its word of the year: the dictionary publisher’s word of 2016 is “surreal”.(...)

Ohio Senator John Glenn gives the thumbs up sign from the cockpit of his T-38 jet aircraft as he arrives at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, US on October 26th, 1998.  Photograph: courtesy George Shelton/Nasa/via Reuters
Obituary: John Glenn
  • People
  • December 9, 2016, 12:28

John Glenn, who became a symbol of the space age as the first American to orbit the Earth, then became a US Senator, has died, aged 95. In just five (...)

Former astronaut and senator John Glenn gives the thumbs up  after returning from space in October 1998, at the age of 77. Photograph: George Shelton/Nasa/Reuters

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(...)

Turks and Caicos islands: where the  conch is king

The hammock as a holiday pastime is something that I have not been able to properly master or fully grasp. But there is nothing much else to do on (...)

A memorial to Tom Cutinella, who died  after being injured during a high-school football game, at Shoreham-Wading River High School in Shoreham, New York.

The Shoreham-Wading River Wildcats led the John Glenn Knights 17-12 with four minutes remaining in the third quarter last Wednesday evening. On second(...)

Astronaut Chris Hadfield celebrated St Patrick's Day from the International Space Station

As evidenced by the lack of ticker-tape parades, Ireland has yet to put an astronaut in space. Bill Cullen used to boast that he would become the f(...)