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. 



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.

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