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  • 50th Anniversary: John Glenn's Earth Orbit

    Astronaut John Herschell Glenn Jnr, who became the first American to carry out a space orbit of the earth in the Project Mercury capsule Friendship 7.
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  • 50th Anniversary: John Glenn's Earth Orbit

    The capsule of the US astronaut in which John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth, made his three-orbit flight in the 'Friendship 7' space capsule. <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/john-glenn-american-astronaut-orbit-earth-mercury-friendship/story?id=15576388"> [READ FULL ARTICLE]</a>
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  • 50th Anniversary: John Glenn's Earth Orbit

    Astronaut John Glenn trains for his solo earth orbiting mission in this Jan. 1960 file photo.
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  • 50th Anniversary: John Glenn's Earth Orbit

    The seven test pilots chosen in April 1959 to participate in Project Mercury, NASA's manned space project are: (l to r) Walter Schirra, Donald Slayton, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Alan Shepard, Virgil Grissom and Gordon Cooper. On Feb. 20, 1962, Glenn made the first orbital flight by an American astronaut, orbiting the Earth 3 times in a flight lasting 4 hours 55 minutes and 28 seconds.
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  • 50th Anniversary: John Glenn's Earth Orbit

    American astronaut John H Glenn Jr., surgeon Bill Douglas and technician Joe Schmitt walk down a corridor on their way to board the 'Friendship-7,' the first manned flight to orbit earth at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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  • 50th Anniversary: John Glenn's Earth Orbit

    Astronaut John Glenn prepares to enter the Mercury launch vehicle February 20, 1962 at Cape Canaveral, FL.
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  • 50th Anniversary: John Glenn's Earth Orbit

    Astronaut John Glenn, Jr. is loaded into the Friendship 7 capsule in preparation for flight on the Mercury Titan rocket on February 20, 1962.
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  • 50th Anniversary: John Glenn's Earth Orbit

    The Mercury Friendship 7 spacecraft with astronaut John Glenn on board is launched into orbit on Feb. 20, 1962, making him the first American to orbit the Earth. He completed three orbits of the Earth before splashing down in the Atlantic after a flight lasting 4 hours 55 minutes.
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  • 50th Anniversary: John Glenn's Earth Orbit

    Astronaut John Glenn in the Friendship 7 spacecraft during his flight around the Earth.
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  • 50th Anniversary: John Glenn's Earth Orbit

    American President John F. Kennedy, l, talks with astronaut John Glenn and Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson shortly after his arrival on Air Force One at Cape Canaveral on Febr. 23, 1962. Kennedy honored the astronaut at a reception and presentation commemorating Glenn's Mercury-Atlas 6 space mission, also known as Friendship 7.
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  • 50th Anniversary: John Glenn's Earth Orbit

    View down Broadway of the ticker tape parade that greeted astronaut John Glenn, Jr.'s motorcade in honor of his Mercury-Atlas 6 space mission (also known as Friendship 7), New York in March 1962.
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  • 50th Anniversary: John Glenn's Earth Orbit

    Former astronaut John Glenn looks on at the Clinton Global Initiative in this Sept. 24, 2009 file photo in New York City.
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  • 50th Anniversary: John Glenn's Earth Orbit

    John Glenn poses on the flight deck of the space shuttle Discovery with former astronaut Bob Cabana, the director of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Feb. 17, 2012. Glenn lobbied NASA for a second flight after Friendship 7, and finally got to fly on a Discovery flight in 1998.
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