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50 Year Anniversary | John Glenn’s Orbit Around the Earth

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Fifty years ago today John H. Glenn Jr, made his historic flight in the Friendship 7 space capsule, being the first American to orbit the Earth.  The flight only lasted 88.5 minutes, but he traveled 75,679 miles reaching a speed of 17,526 mph.  NASA is planning a commemorative medallion showing the key components of John Glenn’s legacy.

Image:  NASA

Written by Robert L. Wilson

February 20, 2012 at 7:20 am

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