NASA Hosts Events to Celebrate 50 Years of Americans in Orbit


NASA Hosts Events to Celebrate 50 Years of Americans in Orbit

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — In jubilee of 50 years of Americans in orbit, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida will horde several events Feb. 17 and 18 that will atmosphere live on NASA Television.

On Feb. 17 during 10 a.m. EST, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana will horde an worker display on NASA TV with a initial dual Americans to circuit Earth, Mercury astronauts John Glenn and Scott Carpenter. On Feb. 20, 1962, Glenn piloted his Friendship 7 booster on a initial U.S. orbital mission. Three months later, on May 24, Carpenter became a second American in orbit.

At 3 p.m., NASA TV will atmosphere a news discussion with Glenn and Carpenter. The eventuality will take place during a Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in a Mercury Mission Control exhibit.

On Feb. 18 during 6:30 p.m., Glenn and Carpenter will attend in a rite during a Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex honoring all who done NASA’s Project Mercury possible. The “On a Shoulders of Giants” module will embody remarks from Cabana, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and wanderer Steve Robinson, who flew with Glenn on his second outing into circuit on convey Discovery’s STS-95 goal in 1998.

Media meddlesome in covering a news discussion and rite should hit Andrea Farmer during 321-449-4318 or John Kennedy during 321-449-4273 for entrance to a caller complex.

Highlights from a Feb. 17 and 18 events will atmosphere on NASA TV’s Video File. For NASA TV downlink information, schedules and links to streaming video, visit:

For information about a Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, visit:

For some-more information about NASA’s Project Mercury, visit:

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