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JFK on First American to Orbit Earth

On February 20, 1962, Lt. Col. John H. Glenn Jr. became the first American astronaut to orbit Earth. President John F. Kennedy tells the nation that America has reached a new ocean in its race to space.

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  • JFK on First American to Orbit Earth
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    On February 20, 1962, Lt. Col. John H. Glenn Jr. became the first American astronaut to orbit Earth. President John F. Kennedy tells the nation that America has reached a new ocean in its race to space.

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