December is suddenly getting to be as busy as January for fatalities. John Glenn, the last of the Mercury Seven, the first American astronaut to orbit this Earth, has passed away, another lost to cancer. He was 95 years old, twenty-four years a Democratic Senator and, at the age of 77, became the oldest person to travel into space. He saw things we shall never see, things that, if we were to be exposed to them, might remind us that this Earth is one place, and the only one we’ve got.
Farewell, John Glenn. Now you know what lies beyond the longest orbit.