Remembering former astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn

Remembering former astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn

Former astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn

Died on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016

 

John Glenn Memorial

A portrait of Sen. John Glenn and a memorial wreath stand at the Heroes and Legends exhibit hall at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex before a ceremony remembering the iconic astronaut who passed away Dec. 8, 2016 at age 95.

Remembering former astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn died on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus. 

Glenn, who served four terms as a U.S. senator from Ohio, was one of NASA’s original seven Mercury astronauts. His flight on Friendship 7 on Feb. 20, 1962, showed the world that America was a serious contender in the space race with the Soviet Union. It also made Glenn an instant hero.

Glenn’s official portrait as one of NASA’s original seven Mercury astronauts.

Credits: NASA

 

Mercury Astronauts John Glenn, Gus Grissom and Alan Shepard

S61-00239 (1961) — Mercury astronauts John H. Glenn Jr., Virgil I. Grissom and Alan B. Shepard Jr. standing by the Redstone rocket in their spacesuits.

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 Boosting Morale: Guenter Wendt, the original pad leader for NASA’s manned space program, coaxes a smile out of astronaut John Glenn after the MA-6 mission was scrubbed.

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 John Glenn and President Kennedy:

Astronaut John H. Glenn Jr. gives a double thumbs-up as he and President John F. Kennedy arrive at the Cape Canaveral Missile Test Annex in Florida. Glenn’s Mercury Atlas 6 mission lifted off from Launch Complex 14, in the background, on Feb. 20, 1962.

Photo Credit: NASA

Celebrating John Glenn’s Legacy:

Cleveland State University Master of Music Major James Binion Jr. sings a musical tribute as former Astronaut Steve Lindsey, left, Sen. John Glenn, and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, seated right, look on at an event celebrating John Glenn’s legacy and 50 years of Americans in orbit held at the university’s Wolstein Center on Friday, March 3, 2012 in Cleveland. Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth in 1962.
Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

 Astronaut John Glenn inspects artwork that will be painted on the outside of his Mercury spacecraft, which he nicknamed Friendship 7. On Feb. 20, 1962, Glenn lifted off into space aboard his Mercury Atlas (MA-6) rocket to become the first American to orbit the Earth. After orbiting the Earth 3 times, Friendship 7 landed in the Atlantic Ocean, just East of Grand Turk Island in the Bahamas. Glenn and his capsule were recovered by the Navy Destroyer Noa, 21 minutes after splashdown.

Image Credit: NASA

John Glenn climbs inside the Mercury capsule he dubbed “Friendship 7” on Feb. 20, 1962, before launching into space.

Credits: NASA

Astronaut John H. Glenn Jr. With Mercury ‘Friendship 7’ Spacecraft

 Astronaut John H. Glenn Jr., pilot of the Mercury Atlas 6 (MA-6) spaceflight, poses for a photo with the Mercury “Friendship 7” spacecraft during preflight activities. On Feb. 20, 1962, Glenn piloted the Mercury-Atlas 6 “Friendship 7” spacecraft on the first manned orbital mission of the United States. Launched from Kennedy Space Center, Fla., he completed a successful three-orbit mission around the earth, reaching a maximum altitude (apogee) of approximately 162 statute miles and an orbital velocity of approximately 17,500 miles per hour. Glenn’s “Friendship 7” Mercury spacecraft landed approximately 800 miles southeast of KSC in the vicinity of Grand Turk Island. Mission duration from launch to impact was 4 hours, 55 minutes, and 23 seconds.

Image Credit: NASA

Last Updated: July 30, 2015

Editor: Sarah Loff

Tags:  Mercury (Human Spaceflight Program), Mercury Atlas 6 (Friendship 7), NASA History

Friendship 7

Jan. 31, 2014

An Historic Meeting

John Glenn, standing next to his Friendship 7 capsule in which he made his historic orbital flight, meets with President John F. Kennedy. Mrs. Glenn stands next to her husband. Earlier that day, President Kennedy presented the NASA Distinguished Service Award to Glenn.

Image credit: NASA 

JohnGlennStandingNextTohisFriendship7capsuleWithPresidentKennedy

Last Updated: July 30, 2015

Editor: NASA Administrator

Glenn, who served four terms as a U.S. senator from Ohio, was one of NASA’s original seven Mercury astronauts. His flight on Friendship 7 on Feb. 20, 1962, showed the world that America was a serious contender in the space race with the Soviet Union. It also made Glenn an instant hero.

U.S. President John F. Kennedy Pays Tribute to Astronaut John H. Glenn Jr.

 

On Feb. 23, 1962, U.S. President John F. Kennedy pays tribute to astronaut John H. Glenn Jr. for his February 1962 flight aboard Friendship 7. The Mercury-Atlas 6 mission marked the free world’s first orbital manned flight. Vice-President Lyndon Baines Johnson (for whom the Manned Spacecraft Center was later to be named), NASA Administrator James Webb and Glenn family members are among others also in the scene. 

Image Credit: NASA

Last Updated: July 30, 2015

Editor: NASA Administrator


May 29, 2012, Sen. John Glenn Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

President Barack Obama congratulates former United States Marine Corps pilot, astronaut, and United States Senator John Glenn after presenting him with a Medal of Freedom, Tuesday, May 29, 2012, during a ceremony at the White House in Washington.

For more information please visit the following link

https://www.nasa.gov/content/profile-of-john-glenn

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