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Why You Should Thank John Glenn for These Space Pictures

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Why You Should Thank John Glenn for These Space Pictures

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NASA didn?t see the importance of capturing images from John Glenn?s pioneering circumvention of the globe. So Glenn took his own pictures, with a camera he purchased from a drugstore.

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It began with the Soviet satellite Sputnik beeping over America's skies in 1957 and entered overdrive with President Kennedy's challenge in 1961 to reach the moon by the end of the decade. The early days of the Space Race were full of urgency, uncertainty, huge risks, and even bigger rewards. Witness NASA's first team of astronauts endure a crash course in space travel, presented through rare archival footage, interviews, and objects on display and in the vaults of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.

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