John Glenn Becomes First American To Orbit Earth

On February 20, 1962, John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth, completing three orbits in just under five hours. Glenn orbited the earth as part of the Mercury Seven, who were a group of military test pilots selected by NASA in 1959 to become the first astronauts. Glenn went on to resign from NASA and in 1974 was elected to the Senate from his home state of Ohio, where he served until 1999. This video shows live footage from Glenn’s historic mission, including some radio transmissions between Glenn and mission control.

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