Thousands turn to Twitter to remember John Glenn

Politicians, reporters and organizations tweeted memorials as astronauts shared memories of the late space explorer, Marine and former senator, who died Thursday.

Tributes to John Glenn have run the gamut from national hero to “American badass.”

Glenn, the first American astronaut to orbit Earth, died Thursday. He was 95.

Glenn was also a former Marine and United States senator, but it was primarily his forays into space that inspired those who knew him or knew of him.

“His achievement marked the moment the US caught up with the Soviet Union in manned space exploration,” the BBC reported.

The Wall Street Journal reported:

Glenn’s flight transfixed the nation. Most people watched it on the small screens of black and white TV sets. Their young President was John F. Kennedy. This was happening in the shadow of World War II and amid the Cold War with the Soviet Union, a competitor in space. To Americans then it seemed like the dawn of an age of possibility. In hindsight, it was that indeed.

John Glenn went on to serve as a distinguished U.S. Senator from his native Ohio. He made an unsuccessful run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 against Walter Mondale.

His political misses didn’t matter much to his legacy. Those two words, John Glenn, are now part of the American vocabulary for a nation of dreamers, strivers and achievers.

President Barack Obama said Glenn “had the right stuff” and “reminded us that with courage and a spirit of discovery there’s no limit to the heights we can reach together”:

The United States Marine Corps tweeted a tribute:

NASA tweeted that Glenn’s “contributions will forever be remembered,” and it filled its timeline with tweets remembering the late astronaut and senator:

Other organizations associated with Glenn tweeted statements and memorials:

Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin issued a statement that he later tweeted. It read, in part:

I was very saddened to hear the John was ill over the past year. Since he was the last remaining Mercury astronaut, I was always lobbying him to encourage the Apollo guys to do regular reunions annually since we’re not getting any younger. With the news today I’m saddened again to hear that we have lost the pioneer of space flight for the United States, second only to Yuri Gagarin, and he will always go down in history as certainly one of the most influential officers in the Marine Corps and of course as one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts. I am very sorry that he has departed us with his wisdom. I join that crowd of people and the entire nation and the world in paying homage to his service.

The @NASA_Astronauts Twitter account was filled with memorials from Glenn’s colleagues and other astronauts who drew inspiration from him:

Reporters, politicians, executives and brand managers also took to Twitter in memoriam:

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Even Kermit the Frog joined in, quoting from “The Rainbow Connection”:

How has your organization saluted the late John Glenn?

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