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The Space Flight of Lieutenant Colonel John H. Glenn, Jr., Poem, c. 1962

Context

John Glenn was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. In 1957, he set a new speed record for traveling from Los Angeles to New York. It was his involvement in the U.S. Space Program, however, that earned him the most fame and a place in American scientific history and pop culture. As a member of the "Mercury 7," Glenn and his team played a role in the U.S. space race against the Soviet Union. Glenn's most significant contribution to this race occurred on February 20, 1962. As pilot of the Friendship 7, Glenn orbited Earth three times, becoming the first astronaut, or cosmonaut, to do so.

This poem by Robert J. Murrin, c. 1962, includes the author's inscription to Virginia Governor Albertis Harrison.

Citation: Murrin, Robert J. The Space Flight of Lieutenant Colonel John H. Glenn, Jr., Springfield, Va. c1962., Broadside 1962 .M9, Special Collections, Library of Virginia

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VS.1, VS.9, USII.1, USII.8, VUS.1, VUS.13

Suggested Questions

In Their Shoes: If you were poet Murrin, who would you write about as a hero for your generation?

Debate: The Space Race played an important role both in technology and in the Cold War between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. Should the U.S. have focused more time/money/resources on other endeavors?

Art Exploration: Design a commemorative illustration/poster/etc. that may have accompanied Murrin's poem.

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