Sunday marks the 60th anniversary of NASA Astronaut John Glenn He became the first American to orbit Earth.
On February 20, 1962, a member of the Mercury Seven blasted off on a three-orbit Mercury-Atlas 6 mission aboard the spacecraft dubbed Friendship 7.
New photos released to Fox News show the work – and Glenn – in great detail.
Image I created “Apollo Remastered” author Andy Saunders uses source footage provided by Stephen Slater, who heads the research and production division of the “Apollo 11” archive.
Saunders, who has previously re-shared photos from the Apollo 15 moon landing, he regularly posts new photos on Indonesia And Instagram.
To produce each new photo, Saunders told Fox News that he stacked hundreds of film frames on top of each other in several areas of the film — the “average” image noise — and “stitched” the frames together, with each photo containing more than 1000 sample images. The output is then constructed using digital processing techniques.
Glenn was seen waiting for launch for more than two hours before spaceflight as well as in orbit, watching the thrusts and curvature of the Earth.
According to NASA, the initial launch attempt on January 27 was delayed due to thick clouds that prevented monitoring of the rocket’s ascent.
Mechanical and weather problems added further delays.
Glenn boarded a capsule at Launch Complex 14 which is now Space Force Station Canaveral in Florida.
After an additional delay, after nearly four hours in the capsule, the countdown hit zero at 09:47 EDT, and the three main engines of the Atlas rocket ignited.
Four seconds later, the rocket rose above the launch pad, and two minutes and nine seconds later, the two propulsion motors were disconnected and thrown away.
After continuing to operate at the power of the center-mounted propulsion engine, within five minutes and one second of flight, the lined-up engine died, and the Friendship 7 stopped after two seconds.
Glenn was in orbit and rotated Friendship 7, flying his heat shield in a flying direction.
Glenn took pictures and proceeded to report on his condition and the spacecraft, managed to control the altitude of the capsule and retrieve the canister of apple juice and xylitol pills before being granted approval for a second orbit.
As Glenn passed Cape Canaveral during the start of its second orbit, observers saw a signal that the spacecraft’s landing bag had dispersed, meaning that the heat shield needed for re-entry was no longer there.
Although the engineers believed the signal was a mistake, they devised a plan to store the retrorocket package after the retrofit, with the aim of keeping the straps in place for the heat shield.
Glenn, who was not explicitly informed of the matter, was advised to ensure the landing bag placement switch is in the “off” position.
It was given the green light to advance into third orbit, and controllers instructed Glenn to place the automatic landing bag switch and keep the rear bag in place once it was reassembled if the lights were to come on.
Glenn reported that he did not hear a crash during the positional maneuver indicating the landing bag was deployed.
Near California, the spacecraft launched three reactors to slow its speed, and engineers closely watched Friendship 7’s return to Earth’s atmosphere.
As planned, a temporary radio blackout occurred for four minutes and 20 seconds as the spacecraft cruised through the upper atmosphere, and Glenn described its return as a “real fireball outside” while part of the back suitcase caught fire.
He manually controlled the altitude of the spacecraft, eventually depleting its fuel supply.
At 28,000 feet the rolling canopy emerges earlier, and at 10,800 feet the red-and-white main canopy follows.
Friendship 7 landed near Grand Turk Island at 2:43 p.m. EST.
Glenn’s flight took four hours, 55 minutes and 23 seconds.
The nearest ship, the destroyer USS Noah, completed recovery from the waters, and the recovery process took 21 minutes.
Glenn blew the side hatch, and the doctor escorted him to the ship’s sick room for a medical examination. He was then flown to Great Turk Island, arriving there after about five hours of splashing.
Then, President John F. Kennedy’s Distinguished Service Medal from NASA.
After the tour on February 23, 1963, NASA officially handed over Friendship 7 to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.
When he turned 77 in 1998, Glenn had the opportunity to fly again with six astronauts aboard the space shuttle STS-95 Discovery.
Glenn, Who was born in Ohio? July 18, 1921, he later became a U.S. Senator and held that position for 25 years. He has also worked with undergraduate students at Ohio State University.
Glenn was a Marine pilot during World War II, fought in the Korean War and was a test pilot for the aircraft, setting the speed record in 1957 during a flight from Los Angeles to New York that took less than 3.5 hours.
He died in Columbus, Ohio December 8, 2016, at the age of 95.