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The Celebrated Hero Pilot Of America's First Manned Orbital Flight - Three Films Packed Into 2 Hours On 1 Dual Layer All Regions DVD!
FRIENDSHIP 7 (1962, 57:57)
As the Cold War space rivalry raged, America was anxious to get a man into orbit as quickly as possible to offset the lead the Soviets had in manned space flight. American policy had been to extensively test the Mercury space craft with the Redstone suborbital booster before attempting a mission with the powerful but unpredictable Atlas orbital booster, but when the Soviets sent up their second man in space Gherman Titov for a day long orbital flight in the summer of '61, NASA changed their schedule and John Glenn's mission was changed to an orbital Mercury-Atlas one set to fly as soon as possible. Many abortive attempts were made to fly the mission only to be scrubbed to due technical difficulties or bad weather, and it was not until winter the following year on February 20th, 1962 that finally a much-liked man became an American hero as he flew his spacecraft successfully into orbital flight, only to have an intense drama unfold as the bird was ordered down and ground controllers wondered if Glenn would live through the fiery re-entry of his space craft into the earth's atmosphere. This great NASA film details the technical achievements, human drama and mission timeline of the events of this historic mission.
BIOGRAPHY (CBS): JOHN GLENN (1962, 23 Min.)
The original TV biography documentary series gives its usual standard-setting treatment to the first American to orbit the earth. Narrated by Mike Wallace.
THE JOHN GLENN STORY (1962, 29:52)
Film introduced by President John F. Kennedy himself which recounts the history of the life of John Glenn, introduces us to his family, his friends and the people who helped to shape him in his youth, and the events following his historical achievement such as his post-mission meeting with the President, his New York ticker tape parade, his address to a joint session of Congress and more.
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