June 8, 2011
With astronaut John H. Glenn Jr. aboard, the Friendship 7/Mercury Atlas 6 spacecraft lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The first NASA Earth-orbital mission, Glenn's flight followed sub-orbital missions by astronauts Alan B. Shepard Jr. and Virgil I. (Gus) Grissom.
Topics: Disaster Accident, Mercury program, Human spaceflight, Space exploration, Gus Grissom, Mercury-Atlas 6, Project Mercury, Alan Shepard, Astronaut, Spaceflight, NASA, John H. Glenn Jr.