February John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth, aboard Friendship on the Mercury-Atlas 6 mission, circling the globe three times during a flight lasting 4 hours, 55 minutes, and 23 seconds.
John Glenn, former Marine Corps pilot, astronaut and U.S. Senator, left, receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, May 29, 2012. The Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest civilian honor. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images "R.I.P. 12/8/16"
Former Ohio U. Senator and astronaut John Glenn—the first American to orbit the Earth and the third in space—died on Thursday at the above gallery shows, the American hero was a fixture in LIFE Magazine throughout the Space Race era, as the U.
JUST WOW!! #WomenInSTEM "Dozens of African American women worked for NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration as expert mathematicians from the 1940s to the 1960s and almost no one knows about it. Segregated within #NASA facilities in Hampton, Va., well-educated Black women used slide rules and pencils to do the calculations for flights by astronauts John Glenn and Alan Shepherd. " #STEM http://www.macalester.edu/news/2015/02/hidden-human-computers/