John Glenn

Hollywood’s Mixed Portrayal of John Glenn

by Elizabeth Howell February 20, 2013

We’ll be the first to admit that the 1983 movie The Right Stuff takes artistic license when it talks about the Mercury program and other events. It exaggerates problems between the astronauts, portrays the journalists as unthinking buffoons and misrepresents historical events such as breaking the speed of sound. Late in the three-hour film, the movie turns […]

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Current Astronauts in Orbit Exchange Notes with John Glenn

by Nancy Atkinson February 22, 2012

If you weren’t able to watch live, this is a fun exchange between the current astronauts in orbit, talking with one of the first people ever to see Earth from an orbital perspective. The astronauts aboard the International Space Station talked with Senator John Glenn during an in-flight call this week, to celebrate the 50th […]

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Friendship 7: 50th Anniversary of John Glenn’s Flight

by Nancy Atkinson February 17, 2012

On Feb. 20, 1962, John Glenn launched on the Friendship 7 flight, or Mercury 6, the first human orbital flight for NASA. Last night NASA premiered a video to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the flight, and have now made it available to share. Glenn launched at 9:47:39 am EST from Cape Canaveral, orbiting Earth […]

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Happy 90th Birthday John Glenn!

by Nancy Atkinson July 18, 2011

He’s an American space icon, and today he turns 90 years of age. “John Glenn is a legend, and NASA sends him our best wishes on this major personal milestone,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a statement. John’s legacy and contributions to the continued progress of human spaceflight are immense. His example is one […]

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The Mystery of John Glenn’s Fireflies Returns

by Nancy Atkinson January 5, 2011

What were the “fireflies” that John Glenn saw during the first orbital spaceflight for the US? Enjoy a new “you-were-there” look at the stories of early space exploration from the original NASA transcripts, but in a vastly improved format. A new website called Spacelog has put the transcripts in a searchable, linkable format. Spacelog is […]

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