• Short Summary

    UNITED STATES ASTRONAUT COLONEL JOHN GLENN RECEIVED A TUMULTUOUS WELCOME AS HE RETURNED TO CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA, FEBRUARY 23.

  • Description

    UNITED STATES ASTRONAUT COLONEL JOHN GLENN RECEIVED A TUMULTUOUS WELCOME AS HE RETURNED TO CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA, FEBRUARY 23. IT WAS GLENN'S FIRST APPEARANCE THERE SINCE HE TOOK OFF FROM THE LAUNCH PAD THREE DAYS BEFORE TO MAKE THREE ORBITS OF THE EARTH AND RETURN 1000 MILES OUT IN THE ATLANTIC OCEAN.

    EARLIER GLENN HAD FLOWN IN FROM GRAND TURK ISLAND IN THE BAHAMAS, ACCOMPANIED BY VICE-PRESIDENT LYNDON JOHNSON, TO BE GREETED AT EDWARDSAAIR FORCE BASE BY HIS WIFE AND FAMILY. IN AN OPEN CAR, COLONEL AND MRS. GLENN AND THE VICE PRESIDENT MADE THEIR WAY TO CAPE CANAVERAL. ALONG THE ROUTE, THE MOTORCADE WAS REPEATEDLY BROUGHT TO A HALT BY CHEERING CROWDS.

    A SHORT TIME LATER PRESIDENT KENNEDY ARRIVED AT THE CAPE AIR FIELD WHERE HE WAS GREETED BY GLENN AND THE TWO PROCEEDED TO THE MERCURY CONTROL CENTRE WHICH DIRECTED THE HISTORIC FLIGHT. THE PRESIDENT MET SCIENTISTS AND TECHNICIANS WHO WORKED ON THE PROJECT, INCLUDING FLIGHT DIRECTOR CHRIS KRAFT, WHO POINTED OUT DETAILS.

    AT LAUNCH PAD 14, THE BLAST OFF POINT, PRESIDENT KENNEDY PRAISED COLONEL GLENN AND OTHERS CONNECTED WITH PROJECT MERCURY. GLENN, IN RETURN, PRESENTED KENNEDY WITH A HELMET, THEREBY MAKING HIM AN HONORARY MEMBER OF THE PROJECT.

    AT A SECOND CEREMONY, HELD OUTSIDE HANGAR S. - GLENN'S HEADQUARTERS DURING HIS TRAINING PROGRAMME - PRESIDENT KENNEDY AWARDED GLENN THE NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION'S DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2C7UWXZJTDLPR3XUIPBC881UQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA2C7UWXZJTDLPR3XUIPBC881UQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/02/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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