Among the things John Glenn attended to before lifting off again was his ballot.
The Democratic Senator from Ohio cast an absentee ballot last week. So did his four American crewmates.
"We've all voted up here, and I'd like to see a record turnout vote," on Tuesday, Glenn said Sunday from the space shuttle Discovery. "Every election should be a referendum on what you want America to be for the future."
Glenn, who will end a 24-year Senate career when he retires in January, said he considers public service "one of the highest callings you can have outside the ministry. If you don't get out and vote, you give up your franchise to somebody else. And that's not the American way of doing things," Glenn said.