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Astronaut Wives: New Book Reveals True Story of Space Spouses

NEW YORK — The American heroes of the space race are well-known: Alan Shepard, John Glenn, Neil Armstrong and more. But less well-known are a second set of heroes that are only now getting their due: the wives. Full story

Astronaut Hall of Fame Adds 1st Female Shuttle Commander, Two Others

Eileen Collins, the first woman to pilot and command the space shuttle, entered the ranks of the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame wearing the same two-piece blue suit she wore to her astronaut selection interview nearly 25 years ago. Full story

President Obama Awards John Glenn with Medal of Freedom

John Glenn, the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth, was honored by President Barack Obama with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony held at the White House on Tuesday (May 29). Full story

Glenn to get Presidential Medal of Freedom

Fifty years after becoming the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth, John Glenn will be bestowed with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian honor. Full story

John Glenn’s 39 years on Meet the Press

   John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth 50 years ago. He is also in the MTP record books, for one of the longest timespans between his first and last appearances in the show’s history – thirty nine years. In both 1963 and 2003 he talked about his love of space exploration – and said

The Right Stuff turns 50

   John Glenn had already lived a great American life by the time he crawled into a tiny Mercury capsule and blasted off to become the first American to orbit Earth 50 years ago Monday. NBC's Brian Williams reports.

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  Glenn: Historic flight 'an important step forward'

The name, John Glenn, still inspires awe. Fifty years ago he inspired goose bumps. To mark the anniversary of that flight, he was at Cape Canaveral with another one of the original Mercury 7, astronaut Scott Carpenter.

  February 20, 1962: John Glenn liftoff

From the Archives: Fifty years ago, John Glenn became the first American to orbit earth. NBC’s Roy Neal describes the launch.

  Remembering America’s foray into space

Hardball’s Chris Hardballs shares his thoughts on the 50th anniversary of John Glenn becoming the first American to orbit the Earth.

  Fifty years ago, Americans went into space

Time Magazine’s Jeffrey Kluger talks about the anniversary of John Glenn becoming the first American to orbit the Earth.

  John Glenn looks back

Fifty years after being the first American to orbit Earth, John Glenn recalls his mission and the race to space. NBC’s Lester Holt reports.

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Ed Harris In 'The Right Stuff'
Ed Harris In 'The Right Stuff'

Ed Harris as John Glenn in a scene from the film 'The Right Stuff', 1962.

Buzz Aldrin, Annie Glenn, John Glenn and Diana Krall watch an honor guard pass during a tribute to U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong during a service at the National Cathedral in Washington
Buzz Aldrin, Annie Glenn, John Glenn and Diana Krall watch an honor guard pass during a tribute to U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong during a service at the National Cathedral in Washington

Standing in the front row, Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Annie Glenn, astronaut John Glenn and singer Diana Krall watch an honor guard pass during a tribute to astronaut Neil Armstrong at the Washington National Cathedral on Thursday.

Buzz Aldrin, Annie Glenn, John Glenn, Diana Krall
Buzz Aldrin, Annie Glenn, John Glenn, Diana Krall

From left, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Annie Glenn, astronaut and former Ohio Sen. John Glenn, and singer Diana Krall, stand during the opening processional at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, during a national memorial service for the first man to walk on the m

Neil Armstrong Family Memorial Service
Neil Armstrong Family Memorial Service

epa03377686 Sen. John Glenn and his wife Annie listen during a memorial service celebrating the life of Neil Armstrong, at the Camargo Club in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, 31 August 2012. Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, died 25 August. He was 82. EPA/Bill I