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Image: The casket of John Glenn is carried out of the Ohio Statehouse by Marines during his funeral procession, Dec. 17, in Columbus, Ohio.

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Mourners Remember Beloved Astronaut John Glenn

Mourners packed an Ohio State University auditorium Saturday for a memorial service for space pioneer John Glenn.

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Vice President Joe Biden wipes away a tear as he speaks during a public memorial service for John Glenn at Ohio State University in Columbus on Dec. 17. Glenn died on Dec. 8 at the age of 95.

He grew up in eastern Ohio before becoming a national hero when he orbited Earth in 1962. Before that he was a fighter pilot in World War II and Korea.

A Democrat, Glenn also spent more than two decades representing Ohio in the U.S. Senate and became the oldest man in space, at age 77 in 1998.

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A bagpiper plays at the memorial service.

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Image: The casket of John Glenn is carried out of the Ohio Statehouse by Marines during his funeral procession, Dec. 17, in Columbus, Ohio.

The casket of John Glenn is carried out of the Ohio Statehouse by Marines on Dec. 17 in Columbus.

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Annie Glenn touches the casket of her husband as he lies in honor under a United States Marine honor guard in the Rotunda of the Ohio Statehouse on Dec. 16.

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Image: A young man pays his respects to former astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn as he lies in repose, under a United States Marine honor guard, in the Rotunda of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus

A young man was one of thousands of visitors to pay their respects to Glenn at the statehouse.

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Image: Former astronaut and United States Senator John Glenn lies in state, under a U.S. Marine honor guard, in the Rotunda of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio

A U.S. Marine honor guard stands by the coffin of John Glenn in the Rotunda of the Ohio Statehouse on Dec. 16.

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