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    AIAA CONGRATULATES SENATOR JOHN GLENN ON HIS SELECTION TO RECEIVE PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM
    Honored for Achievements in Space Exploration and Work in Nuclear Non-Proliferation Efforts


    April 30, 2011 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) congratulates Sen. John H. Glenn Jr., an AIAA Honorary Member, on being named a recipient of the 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

    AIAA President-Elect Michael D. Griffin, former administrator of NASA, stated: “John Glenn has spent his entire adult life in the service of his country. As a combat pilot in two wars, a test pilot, an astronaut, a United States Senator, and as a vigorous spokesman on behalf of public education, scientific research, and space exploration, his life and work have been marked by the utmost in valor, integrity, and excellence. In this 50th Anniversary year of his pioneering orbital flight, it is only fitting that Senator Glenn’s contributions be commemorated with this medal.”

    Glenn’s achievements include being the first American to orbit the Earth, on February 20, 1962, piloting the Mercury-Atlas 6 “Friendship 7” spacecraft, and being the oldest American in space, when at age 77 he was a member of Space Shuttle Discovery’s crew for a ten-day mission in 1998. A U.S. Senator from his native state of Ohio, Glenn was the chief author of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Act of 1978, which sought to promote nuclear non-proliferation and ease Cold War tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union. A retired Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, Glenn is a combat veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict.

    AIAA is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. With more than 35,000 individual members worldwide, and 90 corporate members, AIAA brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. For more information, visit www.aiaa.org.


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