The peace of God to all that belong to the Light,
Before John Glenn orbiting flight there were a lot of doubts of the achievability for the National space program of this goal, many things didn't work
well during the first years of America going into the space, and casualties were not absent at all.
The Soviet Union was no doubt well ahead, they sent the first satellite in orbit in October 1957 and then also the second and the third even with an
alive being already in orbit, the dog Laika.
By April of 1961 it was not only America but the entire world who entered in Shock when Yuri Gagarin completed not just one but various orbits around
earth in the Vostok 1, before the end of that year in August 8th German Titov also did so.
In 1961 American Astronauts were just a dream, Allan Shepard and Gus Grisson went in to a suborbital flights trying to maintain the moral high in a
race that proved to be really challenging. Their parabolic flights were at least good enough to claim that they were counted among the first men that
went to the outer space.
It was only until February 20th of 1962 that finally an American was able to complete an orbital flight, it was the marine John Glenn. No body was
sure if it was going to work well but the mission was fortunately a success that marked a tremendous change in the space race.
John Glenn technically was the first American in orbit, the third man in to achieve that and the fifth into go to space after Yuri Gagarin, Alan
Shepard, Gus Grison, German Titov. He was the only survival of that special elite of the first five in Space, until today.
Even before his space flight, Glenn flew in dangerous skies. He was a fighter pilot in World War II and Korea who flew low, got his plane riddled with
bullets, flew with baseball great Ted Williams and earned macho nicknames during 149 combat missions. And as a test pilot he broke aviation records.
1959, Glenn Life magazine: "Space travel is at the frontier of my profession. It is going to be accomplished, and I want to be in on it. There is
also an element of simple duty involved. I am convinced that I have something to give this project."
John Glenn was born July 18, 1921, in Cambridge, Ohio, and grew up in New Concord, Ohio, with the nickname "Bud.
His public life began when he broke the transcontinental airspeed record, bursting from Los Angeles to New York City in three hours, 23 minutes and 8
seconds. With his Crusader averaging 725 mph, the 1957 flight proved the jet could endure stress when pushed to maximum speeds over long distances.
In New York, he was welcomed enthusiastically as a hero, — his first tickertape parade. He was going to have a second one after his flight on
The thread is an open space to discuss the great importance of the flight of John Glenn and also what can be considered as his legacy, a man that also
was congressman of the United States after he had already finished his Space career.
John Glen became ready today for the highest mission of all the ones he brilliantly defended in life: to reach his place in eternity, as the iconic
symbol of an entire generation and an archetype of the modern American Hero.
Thanks for your attention,
The Angel of Lightness
edit on 12/8/2016 by The angel of light because: (no reason given)