Friendship 7

The Epic Orbital Flight of John H. Glenn, Jr.

  • Colin Burgess

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Space Exploration book sub series (SPACEE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Colin Burgess
    Pages 1-25
  3. Colin Burgess
    Pages 27-42
  4. Colin Burgess
    Pages 43-71
  5. Colin Burgess
    Pages 73-94
  6. Colin Burgess
    Pages 95-118
  7. Colin Burgess
    Pages 119-142
  8. Colin Burgess
    Pages 143-173
  9. Colin Burgess
    Pages 175-196
  10. Colin Burgess
    Pages 197-212
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 213-275

About this book


In this spellbinding account of an historic but troubled orbital mission, noted space historian Colin Burgess takes us back to an electrifying time in American history, when intrepid pioneers were launched atop notoriously unreliable rockets at the very dawn of human space exploration.


A nation proudly and collectively came to a standstill on the day this mission flew; a day that will be forever enshrined in American spaceflight history. On the morning of February 20, 1962, following months of frustrating delays, a Marine Corps war hero and test pilot named John Glenn finally blazed a path into orbit aboard a compact capsule named Friendship 7.


The book’s tension-filled narrative faithfully unfolds through contemporary reports and the personal recollections of astronaut John Glenn, along with those closest to the Friendship 7 story, revealing previously unknown facts behind one of America’s most ambitious and memorable pioneering space missions.


Chimpanzee Enos in NASA Experiments Cosmonaut Gherman Titov First NASA Orbital Flight John Gleen Career MA-5 Mission MA-6 Mission Manned Spaceflight History Mercury-Atlas Program Orbital Chimpanzee Flight Space Race Vostok-2

Authors and affiliations

  • Colin Burgess
    • 1
  1. 1.BangorAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-15653-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-15654-5
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