On February 20, 1962 John Glenn became the first American astronaut to go into orbit in the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule. The Russians had earlier sent Yuri Gagarin and Gherman Titov into orbit.
Of course, my Grandma saved a few clippings in her scrapbook :-). I also have another item that she gave me that I will share at the end of the post.
It was a long, long day for John Glenn.
My Grandma also has handwritten notes on this page of her scrapbook and wrote that she had watched the events on Television. It is amazing that this event happened only 51 years ago, and that John Herschel Glenn is still living at the age of 91. For me who grew up in the Space Age, it is hard to imagine a time before space flight. I can just imagine my Grandma watching this on Television in total amazement at how far our technology had progressed.
One of the favorite things that my Grandma saved from the paper that week was a cartoon.
Another wonderful cartoon by Frank Andrea Miller of the Des Moines Register. I really like the way he depicts this event with the Flag, the Mercury capsule and the banner with Col. John Glenn.
Years ago I was able to see the Friendship 7 capsule at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. Today, I am having memories of that hurried visit that I was able to make before heading off to the airport. Sadly, I have not made a return trip to Washington D.C. Something I need to move up on my list of things to do.
My Grandmother gave me another item from the Space Race. On one of her trips to visit she brought me this interesting piece of advertising history.
I really like this Butternut Coffee Can with images from the Space Race. The images are so colorful and they tell a great story of courage and exploration.
I remember as a kid we were driving down the street one night with my Dad in his blue truck. I was standing up beside him on the bench seat. We were looking up at the moon and talking about how there were men on the moon. This is the earliest memory I have of the Space program.
What is your earliest memory of the Space program?