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Medal, Commemorative, John Glenn

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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.

Collection Item Summary:

This John Glenn commemorative medal was designed by the Italian sculptor, Constantino Affer. 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 a human orbital flight.

Space medal collector Thomas Becker donated this art medal to the Museum in 1972.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Rights

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

Designer

Constantino Affer

Credit Line

Gift of Thomas Becker

Materials

Silver

Dimensions

3-D: 5.1cm (2 in.)

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National Air and Space Museum Collection

Country of Origin

Italy

Type

MEMORABILIA-Events

Inventory Number

A19731512000