Wednesday, April 5, 2017

[NASA HQ News] NASA Television to Air Service Honoring Legacy of John Glenn

  April 05, 2017 
NASA Television to Air Service Honoring Legacy of John Glenn

In February 1960, NASA astronaut John Glenn donned his silver Mercury pressure suit in preparation for his launch into the history books aboard Friendship 7.

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NASA Television will provide coverage of the interment service for NASA astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn at 9 a.m. EDT on Thursday, April 6, live from Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

Glenn, who served four terms as a senator from Ohio, was one of NASA's original seven Mercury astronauts. His flight on Friendship 7 on Feb. 20, 1962, showed the world that America was a serious contender in the space race with the Soviet Union. He will always be remembered as the first American to orbit the Earth during those tentative, challenging, daring days when humans were just beginning to venture beyond the atmosphere that had nurtured them since the species began.

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