Astronaut John H. Glenn Jr. became the first American to orbit the Earth in this Mercury spacecraft. On February 20, 1962, Glenn circled the Earth three times, in a flight lasting 4 hours and 55 minutes. Friendship 7 landed in the Atlantic Ocean.
Glenn's flight followed two successful Soviet orbital flights and signaled that the United States could compete successfully in space. The high-profile drama of the space race and Glenn's professionalism made him a national hero.
Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Friendship 7 Interior
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