Top Ten Shuttle Memories
Highlights from America's longest-lived space program.
- By Tony Reichhardt
- AirSpaceMag.com, July 08, 2011
A Hero's Return
John Glenn made two voyages to space. The first was in 1962, when he orbited alone in the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule. The second was in October 1998, when the 77-year-old ex-Senator launched with the crew of STS-95. NASA medical experts devised a list of experiments for Glenn to perform, but most considered the flight a victory lap for the aging hero. And no one seemed to mind.