U.S. senator and astronaut John Glenn takes part in his assigned medical studies as a payload specialist aboard the space shuttle Discovery on October 29, as a flashlight floats past. [Crewmate and physician Scott Parazynski, the man Glenn jokingly calls “Igor” after Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory assistant,] drew the first of 10 blood samples from the retiring U.S. Senator and injected him with amino acids on October 31, part of the studies NASA is conducting as part of the research on his 77-year-old body to measure the affects of aging, which are mimicked by space travel.
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