John Glenn: A Memoir by John GlennHe was the first astronaut to orbit the Earth. Nearly four decades later, as the worlds oldest astronaut, his courage reveted a nation. But these two historical events only bracketed a life that covers the sweep of an extraordinary century.
John Glenns autobiography spans the seminal events of the twentieth century. It is a story that begins with his childhood in Ohio where he learned the importance of family, community, and patriotism. He took these values with him as a marine fighter pilot during World War II and into the skies over Korea, for which he would be decorated. Always a gifted flier, it was during the war that he contemplated the unlimited possibilities of aviation and its frontiers.
We see the early days of NASA, where he first served as a backup pilot for astronauts Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom. In 1962 Glenn piloted the Mercury-Atlas 6 Friendship 7 spacecraft on the first manned orbital mission of the United States. Then came several years in international business, followed by a twenty-four year career as a U.S. Senator-and in 1998 a return to space for his remarkable Discover mission at the age of seventy-seven.
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John Herschel Glenn Jr. He was the first American to orbit the Earth, circling it three times in In , he made the first supersonic transcontinental flight across the United States. His on-board camera took the first continuous, panoramic photograph of the United States. On February 20, , Glenn flew the Friendship 7 mission, becoming the first American to orbit the Earth, and the fifth person and third American in space. A member of the Democratic Party , Glenn was first elected to the Senate in and served for 24 years, until January
Glenn, Jr. Soviet cosmonaut Yury Gagarin , the first person in space, had made a single orbit of Earth in Glenn joined the U. Naval Reserve in He then joined the U.
2. John Glenn gave his space capsule its famous nickname.
Glenn had fallen in love with flying at an early age, building model airplanes while growing up in Ohio. In , Glenn discovered a U. Department of Commerce program looking for students to train as pilots. Just six months after he received his license, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Glenn initially enlisted in both the U. Army Air Corps and U. Navy aviation cadet program, but was eventually assigned to the U.
John H. Glenn Jr. She survives him. John Glenn was a U. He flew with baseball legend Ted Williams and his plane was riddled with bullets when he flew at low altitude. As a military test pilot in , Glenn broke the transcontinental air speed record, bursting from Los Angeles to New York City in 3 hours, 23 minutes and 8 seconds. His Crusader jet averaged miles per hour.