Friendship 7 John Glenn's trip to space

On February 20th, 1962, Capt. John H. Glenn, Jr. became the first American to orbit the Earth in his Mercury capsule, Friendship 7.

Glenn served in the U.S. Marines (left). He launched aboard an Atlas rocket (pictured right) on the morning of February 20th, 1962.

Glenn's flight lasted three orbits. He splashed down successfully in the Atlantic Ocean.

Glenn and his fellow Mercury astronauts paved the way for America in the Space Race of the 1960s.

Glenn flew into space one more time on the Space Shuttle in 1998, aboard STS-95.
Glenn served in the United States Senate for his home state of Ohio. He passed away in December of 2016 at the age of 95.

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