Glenn was the third American to be launched into space as part of NASA's Project Mercury - flights by Alan Shepherd (Freedom 7) and Virgil "Gus" Grissom (Liberty Bell 7) each lasted approximately 15 minutes.
When John Glenn safely landed he instantly became a national hero. His flight was commemorated by dozens (probably hundreds) of different souvenir items. Here are five objects from my wife's collection of space memorabilia.
|America's First Man In Orbit 33 1/3 RPM album cover (front)|
|America's First Man In Orbit 33 1/3 RPM album cover (back)|
|America's First Man In Orbit 33 1/3 RPM album cover and album|
|A commemorative plate reads John H. Glenn Jr - Feb 20, 1962 - First American to Orbit the World|
|A small button reading "1st American Astronaut in Orbit - John H. Glenn, JR"|
|"Around the World in 80 Minutes - 1st American in Orbit- Astronaut John Glenn - Welcome Back to Earth"|
|Another large button reading "Welcome Back to Earth, Glenn"|
|This photo shows the relative sizes of the three buttons.|