40th Anniversary of John Glenn's Earth Orbit


John Glenn
*Former Astronaut
*Former Democratic Senator from Ohio (1975-1999)

Mike Foreman
*Unflown NASA Astronaut (awaiting first flight assignment)

Walter Cronkite
*Former CBS News Anchor

Tom Goldman
*NPR Reporter covering 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah

On February 20, 1962, John Glenn made history as he became the first American to orbit the earth. During the four-hour 55-minute flight he circled the planet three times. Glenn returned home to a ticker-tape parade in New York City and a 24-year career in the United States Senate. In October 1998, he made his second flight into space at the age of seventy-seven. In this hour of Talk of the Nation, guest host Lynn Neary talks with former astronaut and Senator John Glenn, from NPR News.



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