The first American to orbit the earth, Colonel John Glenn, retired from the United States Marine Corps on Monday (4 January).
The first American to orbit the earth, Colonel John Glenn, retired from the United States Marine Corps on Monday (4 January). The retirement ceremony was held in Washington in the office of corps commandant General Wallace Greene. Col. Glenn's family was present.
In civilian life, Glenn will serve on the board of directors of a soft drink company (Royal Crown Cola). He refused to say what his salary will be, but the figure is reportedly $40,000 to $50,000 a year. Glenn will also work as a paid consultant to the American space agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The local consultant fee is about $50 a day.
Glenn's three-orbit flight around the earth took place in February, 1962. Last year, an injury suffered in a bathroom fall kept him from running for political office (U.S.Senator) in his home state, Ohio. At Monday's retirement ceremony, Glenn denied reports that the fall resulted from after-effects of his space flight. He said the flight left no lingering effects, that he was completely fit, and that he was retiring without disability.