Learn about the first man that did an orbital space flight by himself.
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Learn About John Glenn's Orbital Space Flight The year is 1962. Lieutenant Colonel John Glenn of the United States Marines in Friendship 7, the America’s first historic man orbital space flight. A quarter for a million pounds of rocket with thrust equal to three and a half million horsepower will hurtle 168-pound astronaut into space. Never in all of history have so many people shared without censorship an adventure of this magnitude. The time throughout in years and soon the earth past indicator in the capsule will start showing John Glenn is changing positions above the world. And the, the countdown begins in earnest. Glenn reports that everything is in good shape and all systems are go. The capsule is turning around and Glenn reports that he feels fine. For John Glenn, alone in Friendship 7, the long and awesome panorama of the world curving beneath him is revealed for the first time. He reports that he can see the booster just behind him a couple of hundred yards. Glenn is told that he has gone for at least seven orbits. The nest transmission is Bermuda, the first station along the way. After passing the station in Canal Nigeria, Friendship 7 raises above Africa at 17,545 miles per hour, 300 miles a minute and four miles for every heartbeat of John Glenn. Above the Indian Ocean, flashes Friendship 7 far from human sight, seen only by the electronic censors of the Coastal Century as she records the lightning passage of the man in space. For John Glenn, the familiar time references of earth no longer apply. For he, journeys around the world in just 88 minutes.