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On February 20, 1962, NASA astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth in his Mercury capsule Friendship 7.
Senator John Glenn served Ohio for 25 years in the U.S. Senate.
Senator Glenn was 77 the second time he returned to space in 1998. Though it had been more than 35 years since he had last suited up, Glenn was selected as part of the crew aboard the space shuttle Discovery.
If you took a roundtrip from the John Glenn College in Columbus to the John & Annie Glenn Museum in New Concord, Ohio, you would travel 150 miles. The museum features John Glenn's boyhood home where visitors can experience American history through the prism of the Glenns' lives. An annual cumulative contribution of $150 qualifies you to be a "life donor" to Ohio State. Make your gift in honor of Senator Glenn and his life today.
163 donations were made to the 2022 WAIP crowdfunding campaign, totaling $30,000!
John Glenn's Friendship 7 was in flight for 4 hours and 56 minutes, or 296 total minutes.