Astronaut John H. Glenn Jr....first American to orbit the earth...presented his space capsule Wednesday (20?
Astronaut John H. Glenn Jr....first American to orbit the earth...presented his space capsule Wednesday (20 February) at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
The occasion was the first anniversary of Glenn's three-orbit flight exactly one year ago (20 February 1962). Glenn also presented his space suit and helmet...and the small American flag he carried on his historic flight. About four hundred persons jammed the museum for the ceremony.
The presentation took place beneath two famous aircraft suspended from the ceiling. One is the craft in which Orville and Wilbur Wright make the first powered flight in 1903. The second is the "Spirit of St. Louis"...the place in which Charles A. Lindbergh made his first solo crossing of the Atlantic in 1927.
Mrs. Glenn and their two children, 17-year-old David and 15-year-old Lyn, were present. In his brief remarks...Glenn said the two children has named the capsule "Friendship 7". He said the National Aeronautics and Space Administration had left the naming of the capsules to the astronauts...and Glenn passed the choice to his youngsters. He said they selected "friendship" for their country...and "7" for the number of original astronauts in the U-S space program.