. On this day in 1921 – July 18th –NASA astronaut John Glenn was born in Cambridge, Ohio.
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 Rømer, and Giovanni Cassini, among others. He was a founding member of the French Academy of Sciences.
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