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John Glenn's Friendship 7 Space Mission:

Pictures of America's First Orbital Flight
February 20, 1962






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Los Angeles TV covers the Glenn mission.

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Sioux City Iowa TV covers the Glenn mission.

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New Orleans TV coverage of the Glenn mission.

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Boston TV coverage of the Glenn mission.

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Mercury Control Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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Mercury-Atlas 6 on the launch pad.

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Ground Controllers at Cape Canaveral.

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Cape Canaveral Capcom Alan Shepard.

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Plotting screen at Mercury Control.

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Mercury Control just prior to launch.

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The onboard plotting sphere of Friendship 7.

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Mission Controllers.

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Mercury-Atlas 6 just prior to launch.

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Launch controllers.

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Glenn has his helmet put on during suiting-up.

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Adjustments made on Glenn's helmet during suiting-up.

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Glenn's helmet being secured shut at the neck.

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Glenn in his helmet during suiting-up.

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Glenn in his helmet during suiting-up.

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Glenn walks past reporters to the Transfer Van.

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Glenn smiles at reporters on the way to the Transfer Van.

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Glenn waits in the Transfer Van.

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Glenn approaches the Mercury capsule.

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Glenn prepares to enter Friendship 7.

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The entrance to the space capsule.

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Glenn walks up to the entrance of Friendship 7.

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Glenn prepares to enter the space capsule.

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Glenn enters the capsule.

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Glenn lowers himself into Friendship 7.

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Glenn lowers deeper in Friendship 7.

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Glenn attempts to go further into capsule as far as his own power can take him.

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Glenn recieves assistance in entering Friendship 7.

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Glenn tries to take his seat inside the space capsule.

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MA-6 just prior to launch.

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Launch controller punches the button to launch Friendship 7.

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Friendship 7 lifts off.

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Friendship 7 slowly climbs over the launch tower.

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Friendship 7 clears the tower.

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Friendship 7 ascends into the sky.

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Friendship 7 picks up velocity as it ascends.

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Friendship 7 assumes its angle of trajectory during the ascent phase.

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Friendship 7 continues on its trajectory.

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Glenn inside Friendship 7 just after lift-off.

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Muchea Australia Capcom & Mercury Astronaut Gordon Cooper.

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Capcom Gooper's expression during landing bag controversy.

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Mercury Control's plotting board follows Friendship 7's migration from the Australian tracking station's signal area to Hawaii's.

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Mercury Control's plotting board positions Friendship 7's entrance into California tracking station's area of operation.

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California Capcom and Mercury Astronaut Wally Schirra.

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Glenn during initial re-entry sequence.

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Glenn just prior to LOS during re-entry.

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Glenn during re-entry LOS.

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Pick-up Destroyer Noa, codenamed "Steelhead".

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Friendship 7 floats in the Atlantic.

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Friendship 7 is fished from the ocean by Noa.

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Friendship 7 is hauled out of water by Noa.

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Friendship 7 is brought aboard Noa.

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Glenn aboard Noa.

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Glenn lifted from Noa into the helicopter that will take him to the Aircraft Carrier Randolph.

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Glenn shakes hands with helicopter pilot aboard the Randolph.

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Glenn smiles for the camera aboard the Randolph.

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Glenn talks with senior officers on the Randolph.

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Glenn grins during conversion with Randolph's senior officers.

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Glenn in a discussion on the Randolph.

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Glenn continues discussion aboard the Randolph.

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Glenn signs the Randolph's ships register.

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Glenn signs his name in the Randolph's ships register.

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Glenn waves to the crew of the Randolph.

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