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John Glenn at Ticker-Tape Parade

On March 1, 1962, New York City honored astronaut John Glenn by showering him with 3,474 tons of ticker tape to celebrate his return from his first space flight. Aboard Friendship 7, Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth. Following the historic parade, Glenn expresses his gratitude to the thousands of spectators gathered at City Hall.

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    On March 1, 1962, New York City honored astronaut John Glenn by showering him with 3,474 tons of ticker tape to celebrate his return from his first space flight. Aboard Friendship 7, Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth. Following the historic parade, Glenn expresses his gratitude to the thousands of spectators gathered at City Hall.

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