Former astronaut John Glenn paid a visit to Oakland – and urged Congress to continue supporting space exploration despite the shuttle disaster that claimed seven lives. The retired senator from Ohio dropped in at the Chabot Space and Science Center yesterday to say that bold scientific research is a key to U.S. success as a world power. He says it may take a while before the nation feels comfortable sending people into space again – but we must get past the Columbia setback.
He says the best tribute to the astronauts who died on February first would be to carry on with the shuttle program. Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth — back in 1962. In 1998 – he was aboard a shuttle scientific mission at the age of 77.