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From the Nasa archives

By Daniel Smith on Mar 7, 12 12:00 PM

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Project Mercury astronaut John Glenn enters his Mercury Friendship 7 capsule before launch on February 20, 1962.

His Atlas launch vehicle lifted him into orbit for his flight lasting 4 hours, 55 minutes and 23 seconds, becoming the first American to orbit the Earth and the third to fly in space.

A faulty signal indicating a problem with the heat shield forced NASA mission controllers to cut the flight to only three orbits but Glenn returned to Earth safely.

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Daniel Smith - a long time ago, in a galaxy far away just north of Watford, Daniel fancied himself as a scientist but turned out to be the worst scientist since that bloke who mapped out all those canals on Mars that turned out to be scratches on his telescope's lens. Luckily, he is now not working on the Large Hadron Collider inadvertently creating a black hole that would swallow the world but is safely behind a desk writing this blog, bringing you the fantastical underbelly of nature... weird science.

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