MOMENTS IN SPACE HISTORY
Views from above
Astronauts reflect on their experiences exploring space
In tributes unique among NASA’s field centers, the Kennedy Space Center
Visitor Complex preserves the feats of the nation’s astronauts. The U.S.
Astronaut Hall of Fame is part of the Legends and Heroes exhibit. In
addition, a vast collection of astronaut memorabilia and the stunning black
granite Space Mirror Memorial honor their service and sacrifices.
The premier spaceport has memorialized astronauts’ bravery, accomplishments
and wisdom over the decades for the world’s inspiration and hope. In their own
words, astronauts share insights from exploring space.
JOHN GLENN, one of NASA’s
original seven Mercury astronauts and a fourterm
senator from Ohio, was the first astronaut
to orbit the Earth on Friendship 7, Feb. 20,
1962. He launched into space again aboard the
shuttle Discovery on Oct. 29, 1998, when he
was 77. As a senator, he was respected for his
work to prevent the spread of weapons of mass
destruction and for his technical knowledge.
“ To me, there is no greater calling. If I
can inspire young people to dedicate
themselves to the good of mankind, I’ve
accomplished something. ” — From an interview with the Cincinnati Enquirer in 2002
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Compiled by Lucinda Coulter
John Glenn, pilot of the Mercury Atlas 6 spaceflight, with the
Mercury Friendship 7 spacecraft during preflight activities.