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Oldest astronaut - male

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  • Who: John Glenn Jr.

  • What: Oldest astronaut - male

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The oldest astronaut is John Glenn Jr. (USA), who was 77 years 103 days old when he was launched into space as part of the crew of Discovery STS-95 on 29 October 1998. The mission lasted 11 days, landing on 7 November 1998.

Senator Glenn was one of the first US astronauts to fly with the Mercury orbiter space programme. In February 1962 he completed a five hour, three-orbit flight aboard Friendship 7


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