John Glenn lies in state at Ohio capitol for public goodbye

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — 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 Earth will lie in state at least eight hours Friday in Columbus before a public memorial service Saturday.

People pay their respect to former Astronaut and US Senator John Glenn as he lies in state at the Ohio Statehouse rotunda on December 16, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio, a day before a public memorial service. Glenn died on December 8, 2016 at the age of 95. / AFP / Joshua Lott

People pay their respect to former Astronaut and US Senator John Glenn as he lies in state at the Ohio Statehouse rotunda on December 16, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio, a day before a public memorial service. Glenn died on December 8, 2016 at the age of 95. / AFP / Joshua Lott

A steady stream of visitors are lining up to see Glenn’s closed casket while a Marine honor 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 Saturday at Ohio State University. Vice President Joe Biden is among those expected to attend.

The casket of former Astronaut and US Senator John Glenn lies in state at the Ohio Statehouse rotunda on December 16, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio, a day before a public memorial service. Glenn died on December 8, 2016 at the age of 95. / AFP / Joshua Lott

The casket of former Astronaut and US Senator John Glenn lies in state at the Ohio Statehouse rotunda on December 16, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio, a day before a public memorial service. Glenn died on December 8, 2016 at the age of 95. / AFP / Joshua Lott

Glenn represented Ohio in the U.S. Senate for more than two decades.

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