50th anniversary of John Glenn’s flight

I’m a day late and a dollar short to the celebration of the first American in orbit, but I have a link to an interactive NASA page about Friendship 7 (be sure to check out the photo gallery) and the video that was aired on NASA TV yesterday.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-lTPK5sQAA&w=560&h=315]

FYI, the Atlas rocket could not support its own weight and had to be pressurized at all times. The Atlas rocket here at the Space and Rocket Center has wrinkles and buckles in the skin where the pressurization failed at some point.

1 thought on “50th anniversary of John Glenn’s flight”

  1. Glenn was senator from Ohio for a number of years. He besmirched his name while in the District of Corruption supporting Slick Willie’s law breaking. As far as I’m concerned teh man is in the same class as Duke Cunningham who didn’t have the good grace to engage in his corruption as a Dimocrat and so got caught.

    Alas, his dishonorable record even extends back to the Korean War.

    I don’t want to give anyone the notion that the accomplishment that Glenn was allowed is minor, but he was just, as Test Pilots of the era put it, spam in a can.

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