Godspeed, John Glenn

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NASA - Biography of <b>John</b> H. <b>Glenn</b> "On February 20, 1962, <b>...
NASA - Biography of <b>John</b> H. <b>Glenn</b> "On February 20, 1962, <b>Glenn</b> piloted the Mercury-Atlas 6 "Friendship 7" spacecraft on the first manned orbital mission of the United States. Launched from Cape Canaveral (Florida) Launch Complex 14, he completed a successful three-orbit mission around the earth, reaching a maximum altitude (apogee) of approximately 162 statute miles and an orbital velocity of approximately 17500 miles per hour. Glenn's "Friendship 7" Mercury spacecraft landed approximately ...