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February 20, 1962: John Glenn Circles the Earth

From its opening in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA, has captured imaginations far and wide, revealing worlds we never knew existed. Whether it's reliving the moon landing through iconic images or seeing the blue Earth from afar, NASA's best photographs resemble the stuff of dreams.

Astronaut John Glenn boards the Friendship 7 capsule to become the first American to orbit the Earth. Glenn controlled much of the final two orbits manually after an autopilot failure. After the flight, he cements his newfound fame with an address to Congress and enjoys several ticker-tape parades. (NASA/Getty Images/
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