On this day in 1921 - July 18th - NASA astronaut John Glenn was born.
Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth. He had a distinguished military career before becoming an astronaut, and was a US senator afterwards. In 1998 he took part in a space shuttle mission, making him oldest person ever to go into space.
On this day in 1620 - July 21st - French astronomer Jean Picard was born.
Picard collaborated and corresponded with many fellow scientists, including Isaac Newton, Christiaan Huygens, Ole RÃ¸mer, and Giovanni Cassini, amongst others. He was a founding member of the French Academy of Sciences.
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