50 Years Ago

For days afterward, Americans walked about in a comfortable glow, as if weightless themselves.  Gone was the sense that the nation was somehow losing its technological genius; gone was the feeling that America’s traditional self-reliance, modesty, and courage had been corrupted by the soft, mechanized affluence of modern life.  In the short span of four hours and 56 minutes, on February 20, 1962, one self-reliant, modest, and courageous man named John H. Glenn Jr. seemed to right it all. 

Newsweek March 5, 1962       Watch the historical newsreel



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