John Glenn, one of the “Mercury Seven” astronauts, was the fifth human to fly in space. Glenn returned to a hero’s welcome, including parades in Cape Canaveral, Florida; Washington, D.C.; and New York City. His flight meant that the United States could finally compete with Soviet successes in the Cold War space race.
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