The Soul of a Senator

Shortly before John Glenn left Washington for his flight training, TIME senior writer Jeffrey Kluger and Washington correspondent Dick Thompson visited him in his Senate office for a wide-ranging discussion of space travel, politics and Glenn's historical legacy. Though apparently happy with where the nation's space program is going, Glenn seems less pleased with the direction in which its political system is heading.

TIME: How do you feel about leaving the Senate after 24 years?

Glenn: I've been here a long time, and I'm proud of a lot of things: work with the armed services, nuclear nonproliferation. I'll leave with about...

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