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“When it came to flying the shuttle—the most complicate­d vehicle ever built, with more than 800 control switches, 2,600 cargo items, 83 scientific experiment­s and a satellite on board—the old man had a lot to learn,” Newsweek reported as 77-year-old John Glenn trained at the Johnson Space Center for his final mission to space as the subject of experiment­s regarding age. The record for oldest person ever to travel to space was broken in July on a Blue origin flight by 82-year-old female aviator Wally Funk and then again in mid-october by 90-year-old William Shatner of Star Trek fame.

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