February 2012

Colonel John H. Glenn Jr.: Combat-Tested Pilot and First American to Orbit the Earth

Volume 95, Issue 2

Fifty years ago this month, on the morning of 20 Feb. 1962, millions of people throughout the world were riveted by the televised images and radio accounts of a soon-to-be launched Mercury space capsule from Launch Complex 14 at Cape Canaveral, FIa. The small oneman capsule, Friendship 7, was connected to an Atlas 6 rocket. That rocket and that capsule were poised to put, for the first time, an American astronaut into orbit around the Earth. Not surprisingly, inside the capsule was Lieutenant Colonel John H.

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R. R. Keene