Tuesday, February 20, 2007

45 years ago

NASA astronaut John Glenn blasted off from Cape Canaveral atop an Atlas rocket to become the first American to orbit the Earth 45 years ago today. His mission was anything but ordinary as telemetry from his Mercury capsule indicated his heat shield was ajar. After three orbits and leaving the retro-rocket pack attached so the straps kept the shield in place, the MiG Mad Marine, as Glenn was called in Korea flying F-86s, de-orbited successfully to a safe splashdown and a ticker-tape parade. Many families in the days to follow would name their newborn boys after America's new hero John Herschel Glenn, but according to John Wilford Noble in We Reach The Moon one estatic couple named their son Orbit.


Mike's America said...

Glenn is an American hero. But as I used to say on the campaign trail in Ohio, he was a legislative zero.

Mike's America said...

P.S. I went to Neil Armstrong's coming home parade in Wapokoneta, Ohio. Too bad Armstrong didn't want to run for Senate.

Anna said...

Neil would have been a good leader, but he has always been intensely private. The prying him and his family would have endured if he had ran I think would have been too much.

Another great American who has slipped out of the limelight is Schwarzkopf.

And besides Glenn cathing a hop on the Shuttle, I do not remember anything he did while in the Senate.