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Astronaut John Glenn (centre), John F. Kennedy (left) and General Davies (right) riding in the back of an open-top car during a parade in Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA, in 1962. Previously, on 20 February 1962 Glenn had become the first American to enter Earth orbit. The Soviets had previously placed a cosmonaut in orbit on 12 April 1961. Glenn completed three orbits in 4 hours and 55 minutes in the Friendship 7 spacecraft and was hailed as a national hero on his return.
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