John Glenn July 18, 1921 – December 8, 2016 - One of the original “Magnificent Seven” astronauts in NASA’s Mercury program, John Glenn captured the nation’s attention in 1962 when he first circumnavigated the globe and returned as a hero who had scaled heights no American had reached before.
Col. John H. Glenn, Jr., U.S. Marine Corps 1941-65 WW II, Korean War. Corsair Fighter Pilot. Astronaught. Earned five Distinguished Flying Crosses, six Air Medals, and Congressional Space Medal of Honor. U.S. Senator (D-OH) 1974-99.
John Herschel Glenn, Jr. (born July 18, 1921) is a former United States Marine Corps pilot, astronaut, and United States senator who was the first American to orbit the Earth and the third American in space.
This Monday will be the 50th anniversary of Astronaut John Glenn’s historic Friendship 7 flight. On February 20, 1962, John Glenn became the first American to complete orbital flight. In this photo, President John F. Kennedy inspects the interior of the Friendship 7 Mercury Capsule with John Glenn while touring Cape Canaveral, Florida. 2/23/62.
February 20, 1962: John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth, aboard Friendship 7, on the Mercury-Atlas 6 mission, circling the globe three times during a flight lasting 4 hours, 55 minutes, and 23 seconds. This made Glenn the third American in space and the fifth human being in space.