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Monday 23 October 2017

Mourners say goodbye to history-making astronaut John Glenn

Marines stand guard at the casket of John Glenn. (AP/John Minchillo)
Marines stand guard at the casket of John Glenn. (AP/John Minchillo)

Mourners are filing by John Glenn's flag-draped casket at Ohio's capitol building as his home state and the nation say goodbye to the history-making astronaut.

The first American to orbit the Earth will lie in honour for at least eight hours on Friday in Columbus before a public memorial service on Saturday.

A steady stream of visitors are lining up to see Mr Glenn's closed casket while a Marine honour guard stands by inside the Ohio Statehouse.

The 95-year-old Glenn died last week.

Several events are scheduled to celebrate his life.

The tributes include a public processional and memorial service on Saturday at Ohio State University.

Vice President Joe Biden is among those expected to attend.

Mr Glenn represented Ohio in the US Senate for more than two decades.

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