John Glenn: American Hero, Aviation Icon, And Former U.S. Senator, Dies At 95
Submitted by: megrendel⚫ 10 months ago in
John Glenn, Army Air Corp pilot in WWII, Air Force pilot in Korea, Mercury Seven astronaut, first supersonic transcontinental flight, and first American to orbit the Earth, has died.
Just a few of his awards include: Distinguished Flying Cross (x6)m, World War II Victory Medal, Presidential Medal of Freedom, Congressional Space Medal of Honor.
His historic orbits of Earth were not without incident. The launch of Friendship 7 went flawlessly, and Glenn encountered few issues in the early stages of the flight. During his second orbit, mission control noticed a sensor was issuing a warning that Friendship 7’s heat shield and landing bag were not secure, putting the mission, and Glenn in danger.
Officials did not immediately inform Glenn of the potential problem, instead asking him to run a series of small tests on the system to see if that resolved the issue, which eventually clued Glenn in to their concerns. After a series of discussions, it was decided that rather than following standard procedures to discard the retrorocket (an engine designed to slow down the capsule upon reentry), Glenn would keep the rocket in place to help secure the heat shield.
He successfully reentered the Earth’s atmosphere and splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean after a flight of 4 hours and 55 minutes. When officials inspected the recovered capsule, they determined that the heat shield had never been in danger and a faulty sensor had caused the problem.
Good luck, have a safe flight, and once again, Godspeed John Glenn.