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Space History Photo: John Glenn Entering Friendship 7

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John Glenn enters the Friendship 7 just before being launched into space for America's first manned Earth orbital mission. (Image credit: NASA.)

In this historical photo from the U.S. space agency, an overall view of astronaut John Glenn, Jr., as he enters into the spacecraft Friendship 7 on Feb. 20, 1962, prior to MA-6 launch operations at Launch Complex 14.

Astronaut Glenn is entering his spacecraft to begin the first American manned Earth orbital mission.

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