John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth, on this day in space


Did you know that on this day, February 20 of 1962, NASA launched an astronaut into orbit for the first time, where John Glenn was the third astronaut to launch into orbit around the Earth, as two Soviet astronauts orbited the Earth before him , It was launched in a Mercury spacecraft called Friendship 7 and orbited the Earth three times.

According to the American “space” website, the mission took approximately 5 hours upon return as the pilot returned in the Atlantic Ocean about 40 miles from the place where the vehicle was supposed to land, but everything was good. John Glenn returned As an American hero.

Before Glenn accomplished this goal, in 1957 he had made his first intercontinental flight at speeds that exceeded the speed of sound across the United States, and the camera on his plane had taken the first panoramic photo connected to the United States.

Also, Glenn’s efforts and work never stop, even as he gets older, he has managed to become the oldest person to travel to space at the age of 77 years. In 1995, Glenn began to demand his travel to space to see the effect of space on the elderly, after reading a book Space Medicine and Physiology, a book authored by NASA Physicians.

Glen realized that there were many changes in the physical condition during travel to space, such as the loss of bone mass, muscles, and blood plasma, and he asked NASA to send one of the elderly on one of the missions of the space shuttle to know the effects, especially that they are similar to the effects that happen to him wisely He was getting older, and Glenn wanted to be the one traveling for this job.

Glenn has already passed the same physical exams as younger astronauts, and NASA Director Dan Golden announced on January 16, 1998 that Glenn would be a member of the STS-95 space shuttle mission.


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