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. 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-17107817

Blessings,
Matthew 

About Chasing Atlantis

In July 2011, when space enthusiasts travelled the world to witness the epic closure of the space shuttle era, Matthew Cimone began a journey of discovering acceptance, belonging, and himself. Joined by Paul Muzzin, director and long-time friend, Matthew endeavours to connect with a community of sci-fi enthusiasts, pop culture icons, and current and former space workers in attempt to resuscitate a dream that was so far out of reach it might as well be space.

Posted on February 21, 2012, in Chasing Atlantis and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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