When: 2012-02-16 16:30 - 2012-02-16 18:00
Where: American Center, Tržiště 13, Praha 1 – Malá Strana
Entry fee: Free
Before John Glenn, space rockets Mercury enabled a few-minute space trip for Ham the chimpanzee and astronauts Alan Shepard and Virgil Grissom. Glenn thus Glenn became a national hero as the first American and third person to orbit Earth. Launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, he rode inside a capsule named Friendship 7, successfully circling the globe three times and completing his flight in 4 hours 55 minutes 23 seconds. He reached a then-amazing speed near 17,500 mph. Four million spectators lined the streets of Manhattan nine days later to give him a hero’s welcome. This was the beginning of a journey, which culminated by the landing on the Moon in 1969.