• The "Friendship 7" logo as seen on the spacecraft was designed and hand-painted by artist Cecelia "Cece" Bibby at the personal request of John Glenn. She would go on to design and paint logos for NASA's next three orbital missions flown by Scott Carpenter ("Aurora 7"), Wally Schirra ("Sigma 7") and Gordon Cooper ("Faith 7"). For more about Bibby, see "Breaking Through The Glass Gantry" by Lawrence McGlynn: www.collectspace.com/news/news-080705a.html - collectspace
  • But would it have worked without the duct tape??? - Campobello Island
  • I love the coloring of old photos. - tragiclyhipster
  • They ran out of Bondo! :) - Walter Briggs

Friendship 7

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Collection: NASA Image of the Day Gallery
Title: Friendship 7

Description: On Feb. 20, 1962 at 9:47 am EST, John Glenn launched from Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 14 to become the first American to orbit the Earth. In this image, Glenn enters his Friendship 7 capsule with assistance from technicians to begin his historic flight. Glenn rejoined NASA in 1998 as a member of the STS-95 Discovery crew. This 9-day mission, from Oct. 29-Nov. 7, supported a variety of research payloads including deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope Orbital Systems Test Platform and investigations on space flight and the aging process. Image Credit: NASA

Identifier: 314095main_image_128 8_full

SOURCE: nasaimages.org/luna/servlet/detail/NVA2~34~34~79403~135778

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  1. Monofónicos 44 months ago | reply

    epic! Go NASA

  2. DOMINGO8 44 months ago | reply

    Gracias por mostrarnos vuestro trabajo...
    Saludos desde chile.

  3. Julie Holland photography 44 months ago | reply

    very interesting, thankyou for putting these photos online

  4. artland 44 months ago | reply

    This is a wonderful shot!
    You are invited to post it to:


  5. rackyross 44 months ago | reply

    Thank you for sharing these historical images with us!

  6. LepetitGayer 44 months ago | reply

    gracias por compartir estos momentos históricos

  7. NASA on The Commons 44 months ago | reply

    You're welcome, guys. Thanks for the kind comments!

  8. rtbox [deleted] 44 months ago | reply

    this is nuts, the colours are so great!

  9. Wilo™(twitter.com/wilomichelson) [deleted] 41 months ago | reply

    coool :D

  10. Walter Briggs 26 months ago | reply

    Like getting pushed into a refrigerator!

  11. yx-lisa 25 months ago | reply

    how meaningful picture

  12. arthur.fathoni02 2 months ago | reply

    Magnificant picture... Thank you for sharing Kata Mutiara Persahabatan

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