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Mercury Astronaut John Glenn Spacesuit Cape Canaveral  GPN-2000-001028

Mercury Astronaut John Glenn Spacesuit Cape Canaveral GPN-2000-001028

Astronaut John H. Glenn Jr. in his silver Mercury spacesuit during pre-flight training activities at Cape Canaveral.

On February 20, 1962 Glenn lifted off into space aboard his Mercury Atlas (MA-6) rocket and became the first American to orbit the Earth.

After orbiting the Earth 3 times, Friendship 7 landed in the Atlantic Ocean 4 hours, 55 minutes and 23 seconds later, just East of Grand Turk Island in the Bahamas.

Glenn and his capsule were recovered by the Navy Destroyer Noa, 21 minutes after splashdown.

27 February 1964