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John Glenn


The first American to achieve a complete orbit of Earth was John Glenn aboard the Friendship 7 capsule on 20 February 1962. Glenn orbited Earth three times on the Friendship 7. In this picture, John Glenn is seated in between John F. Kennedy and Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Photo source: NASA

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