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Mercury Friendship 7, first US spacecraft to be placed into orbit (John, Glenn)
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On this day in 1962, seated on top of the new Mercury Atlas launcher, John Glenn becomes the first US astronaut to be placed in orbit. The previous Redstone launcher only allowed Shepard and Grissom to perform suborbital flights before his. After nearly 5h in space, the mission was interrupted when data were showing that the thermal shield might be not correctly locked into position
Exposure Time 1/15 s
Aperture f/5.6
ISO 640
Model Canon EOS 30D
Lens EF17-40mm f/4L USM
Focal Length 17 mm
Date Time of Original 2013:02:23 17:20:55

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