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Friendship 7

On February 20, 1962 at 9:47:39 am EST, NASA launched John Herschel Glenn, Jr. into Earth orbit on the spacecraft Friendship 7.  Glenn orbited the earth three times and re-entered the earths atmosphere 4 hours, 55 min, 23 seconds later, splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean about 800 miles south east of Bermuda.  Friendship 7, was the successful first attempt by NASA to place an astronaut into orbit.  Tomorrow marks the 48th anniversary of this great achievement, here’s a look back.

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Originally posted on The NASA Images Blog by NASA Images.

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February 19, 2010 at 7:31 pm

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