John Glenn reflects on the legacy of NASA space 50 years after the first orbit
Saturday, February 18, 2012
In this Jan. 25, 2012 photo, Sen. John Glenn speaks during an interview at his office in
. Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth, piloting Friendship 7 around the planet three times in 1962. (Jay LaPrete / AP) Columbus, Ohio
On February 20, 1962, Glenn piloted NASA's Mercury capsule, Friendship 7 called three times around the earth, matching the groundbreaking achievement of the rival
Soviet Union, which launched cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin into orbit 10 months before .