John Glenn Orbited the Earth 50 Years Ago

Remembering a milestone in America's bold space adventure.
2:42 | 02/18/12

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Now -- that milestone moment fifty years ago tomorrow we -- an anniversary of that old American adventure. After three years of intense training -- -- to -- day had finally -- Forty year old former fighter pilot named John Glenn ushered for the launch -- -- hits over Stacy. Entered the tiny -- Capps walked in the eyes of the world were upon him. -- -- was parting words from mission control. Godspeed John -- Right here. -- It wasn't long before John Glenn confirm from space. -- okay and I feel fine capitalist running around. -- I don't remember and I -- -- the -- they're doing I'm just a couple of hundred yards behind me it was beautiful. Perfect blueprint Denver and -- -- -- BC stand science correspondent tells good morning on that special report. -- -- Severe weather Mercury control held I don't know global -- days of the free world and America's -- man who undergo orbital flight. John Glenn would circle the -- three times in -- space capsule traveling at speeds reaching 171000 miles an hour but then a dangerous crisis the automated steering system -- the -- heat shield began to Terrell lay on reentry. Flaming fireballs keep flying past his window. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Odds one in six he would not survive. But the unflappable Glenn acted swiftly taking over the space ship's controls manually steering friendship seven -- Back to work. Earlier they don't have -- right here I'm -- Democratic governor. Still the right stuff and still fascinating fifteen years later.

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