Astronaut John Glenn gets Ohio airport renamed in his honor

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Astronaut John Glenn is getting an airport renamed in his honor in his home state of Ohio.

The 94-year-old former U.S. senator and his wife are scheduled to appear at a ceremony Tuesday to rename Port Columbus International Airport in Ohio’s capital city as John Glenn Columbus International Airport.

State lawmakers voted on a bill last month to authorize the renaming. Republican House Speaker Clifford Rosenberger and Democratic Mayor Andrew Ginther are expected at the event.

Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth in 1962. He was a member of NASA’s Mercury Seven crew that led the U.S. into space. With Scott Carpenter’s death in 2013, he became the crew’s last surviving member.

Glenn was raised in New Concord, Ohio.

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