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: