John Glen orbiting the earth for the 1st time! Watched it with my 2nd grade class and with all the kids in   school on a big TV in the hall.

USMC American Astronaut who was the First American to orbit the Earth on February 1962 aboard "Friendship

John Glenn, official portrait, 1959.

See historical photos of John Glenn, one of NASA's original seven astronauts and the first American to orbit Earth.

John Glenn, US Marines WWII, Korea, NASA Astronaut, US Senator/.....He served his country in the place they were needed.

John Glenn, born: July 1921 in Cambridge, OH is a former United States Marine Corps pilot, astronaut, and United States senator who was the first American to orbit the Earth and the third American in space.

Col. John Glenn: First American to Orbit the Earth: 50 Years Ago Today

JohnGlenn - Original Mercury 7 astronaut and later shuttle astronaut - oldest man in space

Katherine Johnson (born 1918) Mathematician Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson was a NASA mathematician for the Mercury program, the Apollo 11 mission, up through the Space Shuttle program. She famously was asked by astronaut John Glenn to double-check the calculations for his first orbit around the Earth which had been previously calculated by a computer for the first time in history. She is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Katherine Johnson(born Mathematician Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson was a NASA mathematician for the Mercury program, the Apollo 11 mission, up through the Space Shuttle program. She famously was asked by astronaut John Glenn to double-check.

John Glenn's Mercury mission was the first American space flight around the world. Credit: Karl Tate, SPACE.com Contributor

John Glenn's Mercury mission was the first American space flight around the earth.

Cover boys  -Fifty years ago, America's astronauts were celebrities. The cover of Life magazine's issue for March 3, 1961, featured Mercury astronauts John Glenn, Gus Grissom and Alan Shepard.

Cover of LIFE magazine dated w. logo & group portrait of Mercury astronauts John Glenn, Gus Grissom & Alan Shepard;

Col. John H. Glenn, Jr., U.S. Marine Corps 1941-65 WW II, Korean War. Corsair Fighter Pilot. Astronaught. Earned five Distinguished Flying Crosses, six Air Medals, and Congressional Space Medal of Honor. U.S. Senator (D-OH) 1974-99.

John H. Earned 5 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 6 Air Medals and the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. Senator (D-OH)

John Glenn's Mercury mission was the first American space flight around the world. #Infographic

American in Orbit: How NASA & John Glenn Made History: Learn about John Glenn's history-making Mercury space.

February 20, 1962: John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth, aboard Friendship 7, on the Mercury-Atlas 6 mission, circling the globe three times during a flight lasting 4 hours, 55 minutes, and 23 seconds. This made Glenn the third American in space and the fifth human being in space.

February John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth, aboard Friendship on the Mercury-Atlas 6 mission, circling the globe three times during a flight lasting 4 hours, 55 minutes, and 23 seconds.

Astronaut, John Glenn (Cambridge, OH) - First man to orbit the Earth, later became a US Senator

John H Glenn Jr. This Day in History: Feb An American orbits earth (the day I was born)

John Glenn wore this space suit on February 20, 1962, when he became the first American to orbit the Earth.

20 février 1962 : John Glenn, premier astronaute américain John Glenn wore this space suit on February when he became the first American to orbit the Earth.

John Glenn, former Marine Corps pilot, astronaut and U.S. Senator, left, receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, May 29, 2012. The Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest civilian honor. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images "R.I.P. 12/8/16"

John Glenn, famed astronaut, senator dies at 95

John Glenn, former Marine Corps pilot, astronaut and U.S. Senator, left, receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, May 29, 2012. The Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest civilian honor. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images "R.I.P. 12/8/16"

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