Events planned to honor life of former astronaut, U.S. Senator John Glenn

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Shuttle astronaut John H. Glenn Jr., senator from Ohio, gives a thumbs up on his arrival at Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility October 26, 1998 aboard a T-38 jet. He and other crewmembers will be making final preparations for launch, targeted for liftoff at 2 p.m. on Oct. 29. (photo by NASA via Getty Images)

COLUMBUS, Ohio– Members of the public will be given eight hours Friday to pay their respects to John Glenn as the late astronaut-hero lies in state at Ohio’s capitol building.

A spokesman said Saturday that Glenn would lie in repose in the Statehouse Rotunda from noon to 8 p.m. under a proposal set for final approval Monday.

A public memorial service at Mershon Auditorium has been scheduled for 2 p.m. on Dec. 17. The event will be open to the public but tickets are required. They will be available through the college’s website starting Thursday.

Westminster Presbyterian Church, in New Concord, where Glenn was a lifetime member, has scheduled the event for 7 p.m. Sunday. It will include readings, singing and prayer.

Ohio’s two U.S. senators say the chamber where Glenn once served as a Democratic U.S. Senator announced the passage of a resolution in his name.

Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth. He also served as a combat pilot and was a U.S. senator representing Ohio for more than two decades. He died Thursday at the age of 95.

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