The greatest thing we can do is inspire young minds…John Glenn was born in 1921 in Cambridge, Ohio. After a career as a pilot for the US Marine Corps, and as a test pilot, he was selected to be one of the "Mercury-7" NASA's first cohort of astronauts. On February 20, 1962, Glenn was launched into space atop a dangerous Mercury Atlas rocket and completed 3 and a half orbits.
- John Glenn
As a US Senator, Glenn focused his legislative sights on the promotion of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. Before his death in December 2016, he gave his name to this project in hopes that it would inspire young people to become passionate about space and science.
Reconnecting us to the Universe
Throughout most of history, humans have been inspired by the wondrous sight of a night sky filled with stars. Our stories and mythologies have been mapped upon the patterns of the stars. Our calendars, festivals, and agriculture have been linked to the movement of the heavens. In recent times, a view of the night sky has been an inspiration
Sadly, however, the lights of our modern world have in recent decades put our view of the heavens behind a veil of artificial light. Most of us live under a sky that gives only a pale, washed out, hint of its former beauty.
The Hocking Hills is one of the few areas left in the state of Ohio where the night sky can be seen in its near pristine state. It draws on the traditions of countless generations of humans who marked the important changes of the seasons through the motion of the sun. They built great structures like Stonehenge in England, the Chaco Canyon Kiva in New Mexico or the many Hopewell and Fort Ancient Earthworks in Ohio, that commemorated these days.
Erected by Friends of Hocking Hills State Park.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Education • Government & Politics • Science & Medicine. A significant historical date for this entry is February 20, 1962.
Location. 39° 25.95′ N, 82° 33.233′ W. Marker is in Logan, Ohio, in Hocking County. Marker is on Ohio Route 374/664 0.3 miles west of Hocking Hills State Park Cabins, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20294 OH-664, Logan OH 43138, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow
Additional keywords. light polution
Credits. This page was last revised on February 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 5, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 5, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.