Category: john glenn

John Glenn prepares for the Mercury-Atlas 6 mission, January 1962.

(NASA Commons)

Mercury men Gus Grissom, John Glenn, and Alan Shepard.

20 Years Ago Today: The Shuttle Discovery launched from Cape Canaveral on October 29, 1998. The 9-day mission included life-sciences experiments performed on aging space pioneer John Glenn.

Astronaut John Glenn standing in the entrance to an altitude test chamber, 1964.

Astronaut John Glenn looks into a “Celestial Training Device” during training in the Aeromedical Laboratory at Cape Canaveral, 1961.

A wonderful photo of a smiling John Glenn prior to being launched into space on February 20, 1962.

(San Diego Air & Space Museum)

February 20, 1962 – Mission control tracks the progress of the Friendship 7 spacecraft during the flight of the Mercury astronaut John Glenn, who became the first American to orbit the Earth.

TODAY IN HISTORY: John Glenn is inserted into the Friendship 7 spacecraft on launch day at Cape Canaveral, February 20, 1962.

(JFK Presidential Library & Museum)

On February 20, 1962, aboard the Friendship 7, astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth, circling the globe three times in four hours, 55 minutes.

TODAY IN HISTORY – On February 20, 1962, aboard the Friendship 7, astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth, circling the globe three times in four hours, 55 minutes.