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FRIENDSHIP 7 PROJECT MERCURY FEB. 20th 1962
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Illustration of a yellow spacecraft orbiting Earth. Blue background with white stars and white text.

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"On February 20, 1962, John H. Glenn, Jr., became the first American to orbit Earth. An Atlas launch vehicle propelled a Mercury spacecraft into Earth orbit and enabled Glenn to circle Earth three times. The flight lasted a total of 4 hours, 55 minutes, and 23 seconds before the Friendship 7 spacecraft splashed down in the ocean. Most major systems worked smoothly, and the flight was a great success as an engineering feat."

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Garber, S. (2010, February 22).  The Friendship 7 Mission: A Major Achievement and a Sign of More to Come. Retrieved from http://history.nasa.gov/friendship7/

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