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50 Years ago John Glenn Orbited the Earth


John Glenn in his Mercury Spacesuit in 1962

50 years ago today, John Glenn, one of the original 7 Mercury Astronauts, became the first American to orbit the planet Earth. Today NASA no longer has the capability to send humans into space.

With NASA stepping away from costly human space exploration, it is now time for the innovators and entrepreneurs to step up their game to bring safe, repeatable manned space flight back. Those at Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic seem poised to be the leaders of the new privatized future of space travel.