These 11 Tweets Exemplify That John Glenn Was a Hero to Americans of All Ideologies

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Late Thursday afternoon, it was confirmed that former United States astronaut and Senator John Glenn had passed away at the age of 95.

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Glenn, a World War II veteran, was one of the original “Mercury 7” astronauts in the U.S. Space program. He became a cultural icon in 1963 after becoming the first American to orbit the Earth. He later served as United States senator from Ohio, and returned to space for a much-publicized space shuttle mission in 1998.

Glenn’s death has provoked near instantaneous reaction on social media, with many expressing sadness at the passing of a true American hero. Here are 11 of the most incredible tributes on Twitter:

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