Astronaut John Glenn became the fifth person in space and the first American to orbit the Earth, aboard the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule (shown above). He circled the globe three times during a flight lasting 4 hours, 55 minutes, and 23 seconds.
Alan B. Shepard,The first American Astronaut to travel in space, was born on this date in 1923. In 1971 Alan Commanded the Apollo 14 mission and was the fifth person to walk on the moon. Shepard died of Leukemia on July 21, 1998. He was 74.
Alan being congratulated by President Kennedy at the White House.