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There has not been much to celebrate lately for America's manned space flight program today is a notable exception.
Correspondent Phil Keating reports on the fiftieth anniversary.
Of the first American in orbit.
We're okay hurry here on her way.
And what that fifty years ago today astronaut John Glenn bettered the Soviets.
Orbiting earth three times before splashing down -- the Bahamas.
Leading the United States to win the space race.
It was a triumphant moment every American -- of the time -- better.
Long before space travel became routine.
And for -- a historic Florida morning out of the now abandoned launch complex -- team that he still thinks about all the time.
-- -- So I'm just anxious to go and only eleven scheduled date.
Suit up four times and once who uses flight was canceled because whether we're in the transfer then actually launch -- But there was up twice before our car and they clearly are almost hard to believe him and finally team's second count than.
And realize -- I'm really gonna go on this day fifty years ago the great great feeling.
And it continues to inspire pride for visitors coming out today to photograph themselves below this replica of the rocket and know you're.
The teacher had a saw lined up in the classroom around the TV in and we talked a lot about it in.
So black and white TV didn't -- there and we're just amazed big rocket.
Don't know all the fire and smoke and everything -- a guy from Ohio one of what's going up into space you may think it's just he's just an apparent.
-- And looking forward -- finds -- look -- that today's NASA is no longer flying a shuttle or a replacement yet.
And fifty years now after John -- personal the national -- NASA's plan to replace the shuttle -- -- -- Ryan its first unmanned test flight now scheduled.
Two years from now to blast off from here in Florida -- -- the -- of two times splashed on the Pacific.
And it's successful.
Put NASA in the US back on track to launch our own nationals on were our own spacecraft.
Brett locating a lot of the Kennedy Space Center.
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