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On This Day in Space! Feb. 20, 1962: John Glenn becomes 1st American to orbit Earth


On Feb. 20, 1962, NASA launched an astronaut into orbit around the Earth for the first time. 

John Glenn was the third American to launch into space and the third human to orbit Earth. Two Soviet cosmonauts had orbited Earth before him. He blasted off from Cape Canaveral in a Mercury spacecraft named Friendship 7 and circled the Earth three times. 



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