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John Glenn Memories: Astronauts & More Mourn American Icon on Twitter

John Glenn, the first American astronaut to orbit Earth and a former U.S. senator, died today in a hospital in Ohio, his home state. Friends and fans of the late astronaut, including fellow astronauts, scientists, politicians and other dignitaries, shared their condolences on social media. Here are some of the most poignant remembrances.

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Hanneke Weitering

Hanneke Weitering is an editor at Space.com with 10 years of experience in science journalism. She has previously written for Scholastic Classroom Magazines, MedPage Today and The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After studying physics at the University of Tennessee in her hometown of Knoxville, she earned her graduate degree in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting (SHERP) from New York University. Hanneke joined the Space.com team in 2016 as a staff writer and producer, covering topics including spaceflight and astronomy. She currently lives in Seattle, home of the Space Needle, with her cat and two snakes. In her spare time Hanneke likes to explore the Rocky Mountains, basking in nature and looking for dark skies to gaze at the cosmos.