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Medal, Commemorative, Friendship 7, Spacecraft Medals


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This object is on display in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar room at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Medal, Commemorative, Friendship 7, Spacecraft Medals

Collection Item Summary:

This John Glenn commemorative medal was struck by Spacecraft Medals, Inc. On February 20, 1962, John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth. In his Friendship 7 capsule he orbited the Earth three times in a flight that lasted a little less than five hours. It was the third human spaceflight of the Project Mercury program, and the one that established American parity with the Soviet achievement of human orbital flights.

Space medal collector Thomas Becker donated this medal to the National Collection in 1972.

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National Air and Space Museum


Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Gift of Thomas Becker




3-D: 3.8cm (1 1/2 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America



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