From Flickr: “Friendship 7” by NASA on The Commons

At 9:47 am EST, John Glenn launched from Cape Canaveral’s Launch Complex 14 to become the first American to orbit the Earth. In this image, Glenn enters his Friendship 7 capsule with assistance from technicians to begin his historic flight.

Image # : 87PC-0069
Date: February 20, 1962

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