On This Day: Friendship 7: John Glenn Orbits the Earth

On this day, John Glenn became the first American astronaut to orbit the earth. In a flight lasting just under five hours, he orbited the earth three times in a spacecraft named Friendship Seven. View this collection of videos to hear from John Glenn about the space race as well as to learn about his youth, the mission and his legacy.

Friendship 7 Mercury Space Flight

Archival video of John Glenn's flight to orbit Earth.

Additional Resource

  • Friendship 7

    This NASA film details the February 20, 1962, Mercury “Friendship 7” mission, during which John Glenn became the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the earth.