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Quotes on Glenn’s Return to Space

October 29, 1998

``It’s an important day for the space program. But it’s a great day for America, a great day for our senior citizens and I hope that all Americans share the exuberance that I feel today.″ _ President Clinton.

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``Liftoff of Discovery with six astronaut heroes and one American legend.″ _ Launch commentator Lisa Malone.

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``Good luck, have a safe flight and ... once again, Godspeed, John Glenn.″ _ Scott Carpenter, one of three surviving Mercury astronauts.

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``Let the record show that John has a smile on his face and it goes from one ear to the other one and we haven’t been able to remove it yet.″ _ Shuttle commander Curtis Brown.

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``First it was scary. But then. After he got up there. Wow!″ _ Zach Davis, 10, of Springfield, Mo.

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``I think he’s doing it for us, for senior citizens. He is showing what we can do. We’re not all sitting around doing nothing.″ _ Adelaide Samuelson, 91, at the Masonic Geriatric Healthcare Center in Wallingford, Conn.

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``It was the coolest thing I ever saw.″ _ Sam Prince, 7, who watched the launch at Titusville, Fla.

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