The third American in space, the first to orbit Earth
John Glenn Summary
John Glenn accomplishments
- In 1957, Glenn set a speed record when he flew from Los Angeles to New York in 3 hours and 23 minutes.
- Flew a total of 149 mission during World War ll and the Korean War and received multiple medals and decorations, including the Distinguished Flying Cross on six occasions.
- He is the first American to orbit the Earth.
- He is the oldest person ever to venture into space, he was 77 years old. ( venture means to do something or go somewhere dangerous or risky.
- NASA awards him the Ambassador of Exploration award.
- Receives the Congressional Gold Medal for distinguished Astronauts and The Presidential Medal of Freedom.
John Glenn Biography
John Glenn's missions
The goal of Mercury-Atlas 6 was to have a man orbit the Earth, the goal was met with John Glenn being the first man to orbit the earth.
The goal of STS-95 was just to send the oldest man into space, the goal was met with John Glenn being 77 years old.