John Glenn Celebrates Orbiting the Earth

Now 90, Glenn remembers that day 50 years ago as the best day of his life.
2:10 | 02/20/12

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Exactly fifty years ago John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth he marking the anniversary of the -- state university. Talking with astronauts aboard the International Space Station and he remembered that his pioneering today he said was the best day of his life. And a big moment for America to here's ABC's John -- Precisely 50 years ago this morning. A -- in the silver suit put America's confidence back on track they got a cap lamp. With John Glenn did on February 20 1962. His triple circumnavigate -- of the -- it was just what the nation needed. And just at the moment. Because the Soviet Union had already put two men up there would circles the earth eighteen times between. Almost mocking us and how they celebrated back when we measured everything in terms of whether we were beating the Communists. But now Glenn was up there watching sunrise after sunset as he circled at 171000 miles an hour. I hear me OK and I feel -- -- -- around -- -- His heartbeat audible and call her hero and it was -- it that we realized down here that we just might catch up after all. -- he helped us believe in tomorrow having just been there himself. John Donvan ABC news Washington.

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