JSM Celebrates the 53rd Anniversary of the Flight of Friendship 7

On February 20, 1962, John H. Glenn, Jr., became the first American to orbit Earth, and in so doing reestablished NASA and the U.S. as a strong contender in the space race with the Soviet Union. The Jefferson Space Museum proudly celebrates this milestone achievement, and salutes John Glenn, the last surviving member of the original Mercury 7 astronauts. To learn more about John's flight, go to the NASA history office, or check out the $2 bill exhibit that is a part of the Jefferson Space Museum, housing one of the historic bills that flew in space on this amazing Mercury mission.