As P.S. #2 or Payload Specialist Glenn won't be at the shuttle's controls. Instead he'll oversee experiments on the aging process. But the return of a seventy-seven year old certified hero to Right-Stuff country
"I have been pleasantly surprised at the outpouring of interest in this flight. And it's really gratifying to see people get so fired up about the space program," said Sen. John Glenn.
According to his wife, Glenn, who pressed NASA to give him one more flight, has kept up his interest in space.
"To tell you the truth, he's wanted to go on every flightÂ…so, he's one excited manÂ…astronaut, I should say," commented Annie Glenn.
John Glenn and the other six astronauts will be in semi isolation until the launch. Preparations are moving smoothly according to NASA.
"We're right on schedule. The flight and ground systems are all go," says Doug Lyons, NASA Test Director.
Despite the Senator's effort to focus on the mission, this is now the "Glenn flight" in most people's minds. And for many Americans it will be a stroll down memory lane to a time when space was a totally unknown place to visit.
Reported by Eric Engberg