Twenty two minutes later, a Navy destroyer plucked Glenn's bobbing, cone shaped ride from the sea about 160 miles off Grand Turk Island, setting the stage for a celebration that would begin with President John F. Kennedy welcoming home the man a Telegraph story called "the new conqueror of the cosmos."
Historians cite Glenn's flight as the springboard toward America's successful moon landing mission seven years later.
Bob Sampson, then, and still, a Nashua resident, recalls monitoring the events of that day. "I remember thinking what a triumph of technology this is," he said Sunday. "I also remember feeling a sense that we, America, were catching up to the Russians."
Tabbed as a "public service program" and sponsored by the booming firm that legendary inventor Royden C. Sanders Jr. brought to Nashua some 10 years earlier, Launch into History traced in detail the network of preparations for an upcoming American Polo Ralph Lauren Hats scientific milestone: the launch of Friendship 7, the first space mission in which an American astronaut would orbit the globe.
Coordinated to air on Boston's WBZ TV on the eve of the momentous flight that launched 40 year old astronaut Lt. Col. John H. Glenn Jr. into a three orbit, five hour mission and into the annals of American history Sanders' TV special had been relegated, along with the rest of America, to a tedious, eight week waiting list that saw no fewer than 16 "scrubs," or postponements, of the launch because of weather, mechanical problems or a combination thereof. senator who, at 77, became the eldest all time astronaut when he rejoined NASA's space program for the 1998 Discovery shuttle mission, reunited with fellow Mercury era astronaut Scott Carpenter over the weekend to celebrate the half century Ralph Lauren White Dress With Flowers
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Making up ground on the then USSR in the so called "space race" was indeed an important accomplishment for a nation already embroiled in Cold War tensions.
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For two solid months, "Launch into History" was done, in the can and ready to roll. But as the weeks passed and calendar pages turned, Jim Chesterly, second in command at Nashua's thriving electronics innovation incubator and up and coming defense contractor called Sanders Associates, was probably beginning to wonder if his company's half hour TV special would ever hit the airwaves.
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