The Ohio State University

On February 20, 1962, Col. John Glenn entered his Mercury capsule, Friendship 7, and emerged a national hero.

Launched from atop an Atlas rocket that had a 1 in 5 failure rate, Glenn flew his capsule around the earth three times in under 5 hours before splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean, becoming the first American to orbit the earth. This was not Glenn’s first brush with history... nor would it be his last.

The Ohio State University invites you to join us in honoring an extraordinary Ohioan on the 50th anniversary of his historic orbital flight.

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The Man

WWII, Korea combat pilot; test pilot; record breaker... Then he joined the astronaut program. See more »

The Flight

1 astronaut, 3 orbits, 5 hours. The flight that caught our rivals and inspired a nation.
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The Event

Join us to honor John Glenn on the 50th anniversary of his historic flight.
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