John Glenn, American astronaut

John Glenn, American astronaut

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Caption: John Glenn (1921-2016), American astronaut, ready to enter the Friendship 7 capsule prior to the launch of the Mercury 6 mission on 20th February 1962. This was the first American mission to put a human in Earth orbit, the Soviets had previously placed a cosmonaut in orbit on 12 April 1961. The mission was successful and Glenn completed three orbits in 4 hours and 55 minutes in the Friendship 7 spacecraft. Glenn went on to become the United States Senator from Ohio, a position he held from 1974 to 1999.

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