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And from one great man to another one of America's greatest NASA astronauts marking a first for himself and the nation John Glenn was the first American.
Tell orbit the earth in 1962.
He is the first living astronaut ever to mark the fiftieth anniversary of his own space flight Steve Harrigan is live for us in Miami -- Has some major celebrations this weekend at Cape Canaveral NASA marking the anniversary of the man.
Some call America's last heroes nine year old John Glenn will be in attendance the first American to orbit the earth as well as the number two.
Scott Carpenter -- says that despite the fact that this flight took place fifty years ago Monday.
The images from that travel are still seared in his memory.
It's amazing to me look back fifty years.
And think there's been fifty years.
It seems still seems so vivid to me and I guess -- It was -- at the time and so I guess it was easy to remember but it's been a rare days since then over the past fifty years that there has been some.
Recollection of someone has -- asked a question.
About spaceflight -- about -- or something so we recalled this off in this remain very vivid to me.
John Glenn orbited the earth.
Three times fifty years ago from Monday the entire flight took just under five hours it was an altitude of a 162 miles.
At the end of the first orbiter on the earth the manual system -- -- when essentially had the pilot the friendships seventh for the final two laps around the earth Heather.
Amazing looking at that footage there how is NASA by the way responding to plans to cancel the shuttle program.
-- many officials at NASA and let himself have come out with disapproval over NASA's plants that.
Scrapped the shuttle to land himself said.
This is a real problem because.
America is basically dependent on rusher right now to ferry its astronauts to and from the space station.
Is under unveiling plans to talk about its next space capsule Leo Ryan the Iraq and Begin.
Unmanned space -- perhaps as early as 2014.
Manned space flight as early as 2000 when he won the target will be the -- and perhaps after experts bill.
A long way off in -- and others expressing disapproval.
It the enemy to battled it once fought in the Cold War with the Soviet Union.
Now the US dependence on Russians to ferries astronauts back and forth that International Space Station -- -- -- and I thank you very much Steve Harrigan reporting live for us from Miami so.
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