In honor of this the 45th year of the Moon landing, the 52nd year of the Friendship 7 flight, and most importantly the opening of COSI’s new Planetarium, here are some facts about Ohio in space!
John Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth. He rode aboard Friendship 7 on February 20th, 1962.
Neil Armstrong was the first person to step foot on the moon.
Robert F. Overmyer was the pilot of STS-5, the first officially “operational” shuttle mission, and the first use of the space shuttle to launch a communication satellite into orbit.
Michael Landon Gernhardt was the first American to take a spacewalk from the International Space Station.
Kathryn D. Sullivan was the first American women to walk in space.
Sunita Williams holds 3 current space records, for longest single space flight by a woman, total spacewalks by a woman, and most spacewalk time for a woman.
John Glenn, at 77, is the oldest person to be sent into space.
25 astronauts have left this state to end up in space. The most from any one state in the union.
To read more about Ohioans in space:
Ohio in Space infograph
Ohio Astronauts Biographies
Special thanks to John Glenn Research Center Website for the photo, infograph, and Bios
As always if there is anything we missed feel free to “comet” below.