• 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
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  • They ran out of Bondo! :) - Walter Briggs

Friendship 7

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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

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