50th Anniversary of First Orbit
On February 20th 1962 John Glenn stepped into his mercury space craft, Friendship 7, and became the first human being to circle the globe.
I can only imagine the dichotomy of experience one would have in orbit. You sit in a silent, zero gravity serenity above the crest of the blue horizon and yet the mind is racing with tasks to complete, instruments to monitor and contemplating a foreboding reentry at several times the speed of sound.
Glenn returned to space in 1998 to become the oldest astronaut ever in space at age 77, which means that I still have 47 years to become one myself!
Below is a BBC article featuring an interview with Glenn.
Posted on February 21, 2012, in Chasing Atlantis and tagged 50th anniversary of first orbit, Chasing Atlantis, first orbit, Friendship 7, John Glenn, Kennedy Space Center, KSC, Matthew Cimone, Melanie Godecki, Mercury, NASA, Paul Muzzin, STS 135. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.