Illustration of a yellow spacecraft orbiting Earth. Blue background with white stars and white text.
"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."
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/