By Madeline Raynor
December 08, 2016 at 09:40 PM EST
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John Glenn, the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth and a former Democratic senator from Ohio, died Thursday at 95

Celebrities paid tribute on Twitter, mourning the loss of the American hero. Renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson wrote, “Aren’t many Heroes left,” before listing Glenn’s impressive accomplishments. Glen Powell, who plays John Glenn in the upcoming film Hidden Figures, about a team of African-American women who worked at NASA and helped launch the first successful space missions, wrote, “Send up prayers for Colonel Glenn.” Rob Lowe commented, “John Glenn was the kind of American hero who’s legend will live forever..” Lewis Black tweeted “Over and out John Glenn. Thanks for your dignity and bravery and for opening the universe to all of us. The heavens are now yours.” 

Read a sampling of reactions below:

We are saddened by the loss of Sen. John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth. A true American hero. Godspeed, John Glenn. Ad astra. pic.twitter.com/89idi9r1NB

— NASA (@NASA) December 8, 2016

Aren’t many Heroes left: WWII & Korean War Fighter Pilot. Marine Colonel. NASA Astronaut. Senator. Married 73 yrs. John Glenn RIP 1921-2016

— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) December 8, 2016

Send up prayers for Colonel Glenn. https://t.co/CzLRj6suOE

— Glen Powell (@glenpowell) December 7, 2016

John Glenn was the kind of American hero who’s legend will live forever. #Ohio

— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) December 8, 2016

Over and out John Glenn. Thanks for your dignity and bravery and for opening the universe to all of us. The heavens are now yours.

— Lewis Black (@TheLewisBlack) December 8, 2016

So sad to hear of John Glenn’s passing. He was an American hero and we’re grateful for all he has done for our country!

— Rascal Flatts (@rascalflatts) December 8, 2016

An American treasure. Godspeed, John Glenn. https://t.co/zHNwVyujbx

— David Muir (@DavidMuir) December 8, 2016

RIP to a man who made history!!! John Glenn lived an eventful life and inspired millions to believe that nothing is impossible!

— DYLAN REY (@DylanRey) December 8, 2016

RIP John Glenn.

— Adam Horowitz (@AdamHorowitzLA) December 8, 2016

RIP John Glenn. One of the first astronauts. A Senator. Then made NASA let him go back to space at age 77. HE WENT TO SPACE AT AGE 77!

— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) December 8, 2016

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