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Friendship 7: The Epic Orbital Flight of John H. Glenn, Jr. (2015)

by Colin Burgess

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In this spellbinding account of an historic but troubled orbital mission, noted space historian Colin Burgess takes us back to an electrifying time in American history, when intrepid pioneers were launched atop notoriously unreliable rockets at the very dawn of human space exploration. A nation proudly and collectively came to a standstill on the day this mission flew; a day that will be forever enshrined in American spaceflight history. On the morning of February 20, 1962, following months of frustrating delays, a Marine Corps war hero and test pilot named John Glenn finally blazed a path into orbit aboard a compact capsule named Friendship 7. The book?s tension-filled narrative faithfully unfolds through contemporary reports and the personal recollections of astronaut John Glenn, along with those closest to the Friendship 7 story, revealing previously unknown facts behind one of America?s most ambitious and memorable pioneering space missions.… (more)
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The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.

-- Benjamin Disraeli, British politician and author (1804-1881)
A lot of people ask why a man is willing to risk hat, tail and gas mask on something like this space flight. I've got a theory about this. People are afraid of the future, or the unknown. If a man faces up to it and takes the dare of the future he can have some control over his destiny. That's an exciting idea to me, better than waiting with everybody else to see what's going to happen.

-- Lt. Col. John H. Glenn, Jr., U.S. Marine Corps, NASA astronaut
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It was Sunday, 15 July 1962; a date I remember well, and for all the right reasons.
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In this spellbinding account of an historic but troubled orbital mission, noted space historian Colin Burgess takes us back to an electrifying time in American history, when intrepid pioneers were launched atop notoriously unreliable rockets at the very dawn of human space exploration. A nation proudly and collectively came to a standstill on the day this mission flew; a day that will be forever enshrined in American spaceflight history. On the morning of February 20, 1962, following months of frustrating delays, a Marine Corps war hero and test pilot named John Glenn finally blazed a path into orbit aboard a compact capsule named Friendship 7. The book?s tension-filled narrative faithfully unfolds through contemporary reports and the personal recollections of astronaut John Glenn, along with those closest to the Friendship 7 story, revealing previously unknown facts behind one of America?s most ambitious and memorable pioneering space missions.

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