No person alive has been more closely associated, for so long, with  America’s triumphs in space during the late ’50s and early ’60s than  Ohio native John Glenn. 
Here, on the occasion of his 90th birthday (July  18), LIFE.com presents unpublished photos of the first American  to orbit the earth; the decorated Marine Corps veteran (WWII and Korea);  and the earnest, novice politician, taken by LIFE photographers during  one of the most thrilling, inspiring, nerve-wracking eras in the  nation’s history: the Space Race. 
see more — John Glenn: Unpublished Photos

No person alive has been more closely associated, for so long, with America’s triumphs in space during the late ’50s and early ’60s than Ohio native John Glenn.

Here, on the occasion of his 90th birthday (July 18), LIFE.com presents unpublished photos of the first American to orbit the earth; the decorated Marine Corps veteran (WWII and Korea); and the earnest, novice politician, taken by LIFE photographers during one of the most thrilling, inspiring, nerve-wracking eras in the nation’s history: the Space Race.

see more — John Glenn: Unpublished Photos

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