John Glenn was the first man to orbit Earth and the third American in space, establishing a precedence for all other characters on this list. His launch on the Friendship 7 spacecraft in 1962, while lasting only 5 hours, set a precedence for decades of space exploration. Glenn has since remained in the spotlight, particularly after his election to the U.S. Senate in 1974.
In honor of a recent major astrological event (the lunar eclipse for those of you hiding under a rock or don't have access to Google), Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers' staff has compiled a list of eight of the most recognizable faces associated with space exploration (one for each planet of the solar system since Pluto’s been booted). Take a look and see how many you know!