Former astronaut John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth, has died aged 95.
The former Marine and US Senator is best known for circling the earth in 1962 aboard a space capsule dubbed Friendship 7.
Glenn had been in hospital in Columbus, Ohio, for more than a week and died surrounded by his children and wife of 73 years.
He is expected to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia.
“Though he soared deep into space and to the heights of Capitol Hill, his heart never strayed from his steadfast Ohio roots. Godspeed, John Glenn!” Ohio Governor John Kasich said.
Upon returning to Earth Glenn served the US Senate as a Democrat for 25 years.
In 1998, 36 years after his historic flight, he became the oldest man to travel to space at age 77.