Franklin, TN (Vocus) February 20, 2009
With more than 100,000 spectators watching from the ground and millions more on television, NASA launched astronaut John Glenn aboard the Friendship 7 spacecraft capsule from Cape Canaveral, Fla. at 9:47 a.m. on February 20, 1962.
As part of NASA's Project Mercury program, Glenn's flight--known as the Mercury-Atlas flight-- quickly achieved its goal; Glenn orbited the Earth three times by the end of his historic flight, which lasted nearly five hours.
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With Glenn's flight NASA and the U.S. space program made an important step forward in the "Space Race" competition with the Soviet Union and its pursuit to get to the moon.
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