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50th Anniversary Of First American To Orbit Earth
2012-02-18 06:40:32

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com On February 20, 1962, John Glenn became the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth aboard Friendship 7. Now, 50 years later, we look back at that moment with admiration at what roads that mission was able to pave for our nation. Glenn boldly stepped-up and joined the Mercury-Atlas 6 mission, which was the sixth mission in the Mercury-Atlas set of missions. He knew what was at stake, and although the previous mission saw Enos the Chimp land...

2011-10-25 14:10:23

The MESSENGER spacecraft successfully completed its fourth orbit-correction maneuver today to increase the period of the spacecraft's orbit around the innermost planet from 11 hours 46 minutes to a precise 12 hours. MESSENGER was 198 million kilometers (123 million miles) from Earth when the 159-second maneuver began at 6:12 p.m. EDT. Mission controllers at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Md., verified the start of the maneuver about 11 minutes, 1...

2011-06-16 09:42:30

The MESSENGER spacecraft successfully completed its first orbit-correction maneuver on June 15 to reset its periapsis altitude "” the lowest point of MESSENGER's orbit about Mercury relative to the planet's surface "” from 506 kilometers to approximately 200 kilometers. MESSENGER was 198 million kilometers (123 million miles) from Earth when the maneuver began at 3:40 p.m. EDT. Mission controllers at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in...


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