Today is February 20…
On this day in 1962, John Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth, making three orbits in 4 hours, 55 minutes, in his space capsule, the Friendship 7.
John Glenn was born in Cambridge, Ohio, was raised in New Concord, Ohio, studied science at Muskingum College, and received his private pilot's license for physics course credit in 1941. Glenn served in WWII, the Korean War and as a test pilot.
In April 1959, he was assigned to NASA as one of the original group of seven astronauts chosen for Project Mercury. During this time, he remained an officer in the United States Marine Corps.
The world watched as he took his historic flight 51 years ago today, glued to grainy black and white TV sets.
Glenn rode the Space Shuttle in 1998. I was there, and saw it take off. A
s you should know, Glenn is descended from the Glenn–Macintosh clan of Scotland.and is an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church.