Political Notes: In Orbit

Just back from outer space two years ago, Astronaut John Glenn said: "I have no political ambitions, none whatsoever." But before long, his Mercury colleagues noticed that he was devoting most of his time to being a public figure, suspected he might have the political bug. So it hardly came as a surprise last week when Glenn announced that he would seek the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate from his home state of Ohio.

As Glenn explained at a conference, his knowledge from the three-orbit flight of Friendship 7 had long since...

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