TLS signed “J. H. Glenn, Jr.,” one page, 7.75 x 10.5, personal NASA/Friendship 7 letterhead, April 17, 1962. Letter to Harry T. McMullan, in full: "Thank you for your interest and thoughtfulness in writing about the flight of the Friendship 7 spacecraft and for enclosing a token of appreciation. Many things were learned from this and from the earlier flights of Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom. Each flight is a steppingstone in our ever-expanding manned space flight research program. Project Mercury is a team effort of many, many thousands of people. Beyond those working directly on the project, however, the flight of Friendship 7 had the support, thoughts and best wishes of many thousands, perhaps even millions of people throughout the world. Again, I appreciate your thoughtfulness in writing to me. I am enclosing an autographed photograph as a small token of my appreciation for your interest in manned space flight." In fine condition, with a small bit of adhesive remnant to left edge. Just two months prior on February 20, 1962, Glenn became the first US astronaut to orbit the Earth. For a total of 4 hours, 55 minutes, 23 seconds, Glenn piloted the Friendship 7 spacecraft for an unprecedented three orbits before splashing down in the North Atlantic Ocean and recovered by the USS Noa. A highly displayable letter written not long after his groundbreaking mission. From The Bill Lende Collection.
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