Titov and Glenn at Lincoln Memorial, 1962

Titov and Glenn at Lincoln Memorial, 1962

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Caption: Titov and Glenn at the Lincoln Memorial. Soviet cosmonaut Gherman Titov (left, 1935-2000), the second person to orbit the Earth after Gagarin, was launched into space on the Vostok 2 spacecraft on 6 August 1961. US astronaut John Glenn (centre, 1921-2016) was the first American to orbit the Earth, doing so on the Friendship 7 spacecraft on 20 February 1962. The Lincoln Memorial, dedicated in 1922, commemorates Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), the 16th President of the United States. Photographed in Washington DC, USA, on 13 June 1962.

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