Obama honors John Glenn: 'Our nation has lost an icon'

US President Barack Obama on Thursday paid tribute to legendary astronaut John Glenn.

Published: 09th December 2016 03:31 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th December 2016 03:31 AM   |  A+A-

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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the Lao National Cultural Hall in Vientiane, Laos. | AP


WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama on Thursday paid tribute to legendary astronaut John Glenn, calling the first American to orbit the Earth -- who died at the age of 95 -- an icon and a friend.

"John always had the right stuff, inspiring generations of scientists, engineers and astronauts who will take us to Mars and beyond -- not just to visit, but to stay," Obama said in a statement.

"With John's passing, our nation has lost an icon and Michelle and I have lost a friend," the president said. "On behalf of a grateful nation, Godspeed, John Glenn."

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