February 20 will be the 50th anniversary of John Glenn’s Friendship 7 flight. The second man to orbit Earth after U.S.S.R.’s Yuri Gagarin and the first American to reach space, the anniversary has already spurred massive celebrations at NASA. The infographic below recounts the history of the Mercury program through Glenn’s historic flight.
See how the first American astronauts flew in space on NASA's Mercury space capsules in this SPACE.com infographic.
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