Curriculum

John Glenn, 93, says schools should teach evolution, ruminates on suspended astronaut career

  • In this photo taken on Thursday, May 14, 2015, former astronaut and senator John Glenn gestures while answering questions during an exclusive interview with The Associated Press at the Ohio Statehouse. Glenn said facts about scientific discovery should be taught in schools - and that includes evolution. The 93-year-old said that he sees no contradiction between believing in God and believing in evolution. When he went back into space in 1998, he had announced that "to look out at this kind of creation out here and not believe in God is to me impossible.”  (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

    In this photo taken on Thursday, May 14, 2015, former astronaut and senator John Glenn gestures while answering questions during an exclusive interview with The Associated Press at the Ohio Statehouse. Glenn said facts about scientific discovery should be taught in schools - and that includes evolution. The 93-year-old said that he sees no contradiction between believing in God and believing in evolution. When he went back into space in 1998, he had announced that "to look out at this kind of creation out here and not believe in God is to me impossible.” (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken on Thursday, May 14, 2015, former astronaut and senator John Glenn answers questions during an exclusive interview with The Associated Press at the Ohio Statehouse. Glenn said facts about scientific discovery should be taught in schools - and that includes evolution. The 93-year-old said that he sees no contradiction between believing in God and believing in evolution. When he went back into space in 1998, he had announced that "to look out at this kind of creation out here and not believe in God is to me impossible.”  (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

    In this photo taken on Thursday, May 14, 2015, former astronaut and senator John Glenn answers questions during an exclusive interview with The Associated Press at the Ohio Statehouse. Glenn said facts about scientific discovery should be taught in schools - and that includes evolution. The 93-year-old said that he sees no contradiction between believing in God and believing in evolution. When he went back into space in 1998, he had announced that "to look out at this kind of creation out here and not believe in God is to me impossible.” (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken on Thursday, May 14, 2015, former astronaut and senator John Glenn answers questions during an exclusive interview with The Associated Press at the Ohio Statehouse. Glenn said facts about scientific discovery should be taught in schools - and that includes evolution. The 93-year-old said that he sees no contradiction between believing in God and believing in evolution. When he went back into space in 1998, he had announced that "to look out at this kind of creation out here and not believe in God is to me impossible.”   (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

    In this photo taken on Thursday, May 14, 2015, former astronaut and senator John Glenn answers questions during an exclusive interview with The Associated Press at the Ohio Statehouse. Glenn said facts about scientific discovery should be taught in schools - and that includes evolution. The 93-year-old said that he sees no contradiction between believing in God and believing in evolution. When he went back into space in 1998, he had announced that "to look out at this kind of creation out here and not believe in God is to me impossible.” (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)  (The Associated Press)

John Glenn says facts about scientific discovery should be taught in schools — and that includes evolution.

The 93-year-old former astronaut and U.S. senator tells The Associated Press in an interview that he sees no contradiction between believing in God and believing in evolution. When he went back into space in 1998, he had announced that "to look out at this kind of creation out here and not believe in God is to me impossible."

The Democrat also says he doesn't plan to stump for or endorse any candidates in 2016. He has weathered a year of health difficulties, including a small stroke, and has lost half his vision and some hearing.

He and his wife, 95-year-old Annie, say they'll devote their energies to ramping up the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at Ohio State University.