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Kennedy with US-Soviet astronauts. US astronaut John Glenn (left) and Soviet cosmonaut Gherman Titov (right) attending a reception in the USA for the US President John F. Kennedy (centre) on 15 May 1962. Gherman Titov (1935-2000), the second person to orbit the Earth after Gagarin, was launched into space on the Vostok 2 spacecraft on 6 August 1961. John Glenn (1921-2016) was the first American to orbit the Earth, doing so on the Friendship 7 spacecraft on 20 February 1962. John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) was the 35th President of the United States, and was a strong supporter of the US space program.
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