John Glenn Booklet

Whole Object Name

John Glenn Booklet

Title

Astronaut John H. Glenn Orbits the Earth for America

Collection

Space Memorabilia

Description

The booklet documents John Glenn becoming the first American to orbit the Earth. It contains a condensation from the transcript of Glenn's remarks at his press conference at Cape Canaveral, 23 February 1962, in which he says:

"It was quite a day. I don't know what you can say about a day when you see four beautiful sunsets - three in one orbit and one on the surface. This is a little unusual, I think."

The booklet then details Glenn's mission from preparation, launch pad, climbing into the capsule, blasting off, orbit, touchdown and recovery, and finally the astronaut receiving the NASA Distinguished Service Medal from President Kennedy. The booklet contains text and black and white photographs.

Glenn was one of the first group of astronauts selected by NASA who became known as the “Mercury Seven.” Project Mercury was the United States’ first human spaceflight programme, with the aim of orbiting the Earth and returning safely. On 20 February 1962 Glenn became the first American to achieve this goal in his spacecraft “Friendship 7”. This achievement made him a national hero.
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