Astronaut and senator from Ohio became first American to orbit the earth on 20 February 1962, leading the US into spaceJohn Glenn plans to mark the 50th anniversary of his historic spaceflight with a series of events Monday at Ohio State University, including a celebratory dinner and a chat with the International Space Station.The astronaut and senator from Ohio became the first American to orbit the earth on 20 February 1962, circling it three times in five hours and helping to lead the nation into space. The trip helped the United States catch up to the Soviet Union's accomplishments, and Glenn said he thinks it was a turning point for the national psyche."It's amazing to me to look back and think that it's been 50 years," Glenn told the Associated Press last month.He and Nasa administrator Charles Bolden were expected to speak with the space station on Monday to kick...
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