Today in Lab History: February 20, 1922- Glenn in Orbit
On Feb. 20, 1962, John Glenn piloted the Mercury-Atlas 6 Friendship 7 spacecraft on the first U.S. manned orbital mission. Launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, he completed three-orbits around the earth, at a maximum altitude of approx. 162 miles and an orbital velocity of approx. 17,500 MPH. He spotted Perth, Australia, when that city’s residents greeted him by switching on their house lights in unison.
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