President Obama officially ordered all flags to be flown at half staff in honor of John Glenn. The flag on top of the White House was lowered this afternoon in honor of the former astronaut and United States Senator. Glenn, who was 95 passed away Thursday shortly after being admitted to an Ohio hospital. There has been no official word about funeral plans.
A man who worked with John Glenn was in Oshkosh tonight as the featured speaker at the E.A.A. Wright Brothers Banquet. Gene Kranz worked for NASA as a mission control flight director. He worked with Glenn on his first flight into space. He remembered John Glenn as a special person saying, "He was a real hero, to the men and women of mission control. You need some kind of a person that you could always look up to. John was kind of person who, no matter what happened, he always found something positive in it."
Gene Kranz was the lead flight director of the Apollo Thirteen mission. He helped to safely guide the crippled spacecraft back to earth.