History of Space Exploration
Nine days ago, we celebrated the fifty year anniversary of John Glenn’s flight on the Friendship 7, on February 20th, 1962. During this 4 hour 55 minute and 23 second flight, Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth, doing so three times.

History of Space Exploration

Nine days ago, we celebrated the fifty year anniversary of John Glenn’s flight on the Friendship 7, on February 20th, 1962. During this 4 hour 55 minute and 23 second flight, Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth, doing so three times.

 
In honor of John Glenn’s February 2nd, 1962 flight in Friendship 7, which made him the first American to orbit Earth. He ended up circling the plant three times during his 4 hours and 55 minutes in orbit, thus seeing three sunsets and sunrises from an altitude of 162 miles. Now, at the age of 90, when described as a “hero” for his legendary and amazingly successful journey, Glenn remains humble, saying

I don’t think of myself that way. I get up each day and have the same problems others have at my age. As far as trying to analyze all the attention I received, I will leave that to others.

Read more about his journey and a personal interview at the New York Times.

In honor of John Glenn’s February 2nd, 1962 flight in Friendship 7, which made him the first American to orbit Earth. He ended up circling the plant three times during his 4 hours and 55 minutes in orbit, thus seeing three sunsets and sunrises from an altitude of 162 miles. Now, at the age of 90, when described as a “hero” for his legendary and amazingly successful journey, Glenn remains humble, saying

I don’t think of myself that way. I get up each day and have the same problems others have at my age. As far as trying to analyze all the attention I received, I will leave that to others.

Read more about his journey and a personal interview at the New York Times.