One year later on February 20, 1962, John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth. This "Friendship 7" capsule, which was part of the Mercury program, took Glenn on a four-hour, 55-minute space flight. Read an interview with Glenn, aged 90, done around the 50th anniversary of his famous mission. Friendship 7 is in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
April 14, 2012 3:59 AM PDT
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| Caption by: Martin LaMonica
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