John H. Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field*
Tribute to an American Hero
John Glenn's Orbital Flight
On February 20, 1962 John H. Glenn, Jr. made his historic space flight in
7. Glenn was the first American to achieve orbital flight. His
flight lasted almost five hours, all but seven minutes being in weightlessness.
His Mercury capsule was launched aboard an Atlas Rocket.
John Glenn's Return to Orbit
John Glenn joined the crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery for
mission STS-95 (October 29, 1998 to November 7, 1998). With his previous space
flight history and his extensive medical records, Glenn's role as a Payload
Specialist provided researches opportunities to solve some of the mysteries
associated with space flight and the aging process.