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Celebrating John Glenn's Legacy: 50 Years of Americans in Orbit

Friday, March 2, 2012
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Doors open at noon
Cleveland State University's Wolstein Center
2000 Prospect Ave. Cleveland, Ohio

On February 20, 1962, astronaut John H. Glenn Jr. became the first American to orbit the earth, circling the globe three times as commander of the Friendship 7 spacecraft. In 1998, at age 77, he became the oldest person to fly in space.

NASA will honor this American hero, celebrate his historical achievements and remarkable career, and salute 50 Years of Americans in Orbit at a special March 2 event at Cleveland State University's Wolstein Center.

Glenn, fellow astronauts, NASA officials and other dignitaries will be on hand for the program, which will include video presentations and personal recollections by Glenn and other space pioneers.

Now 90 years old, Glenn is a native Ohioan and military hero who went on to a distinguished 25-year career as U.S. Senator from Ohio.