Season 8 Episode 2: John Glenn's Historic Flight 60 Years Later

March 3, 2022

About This Episode

Until Colonel John Glenn completed his orbital flight on February 20, 1962, the United States was trailing the Soviet Union when it came to spaceflight. Sixty years later, NASA continues to lead in space. We revisit Glenn’s historic trip and speak with astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson about how far NASA has come since Glenn and where it hopes to go next.

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What We Talked About

  • Listen to the remarks of Senator John F. Kennedy following the successful flight of Colonel John H. Glenn on February 20, 1962
  • View the transcript of the communication between John Glenn and NASA during his orbital flight.
  • Watch a newsreel recapping John Glenn's orbital flight in 1962
  • View an online exhibit about John Glenn and his mission on Friendship 7
  • Read a NASA biography of astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson
  • Learn about NASA Artemis missions to the Moon