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Former U.S. astronaut John Glenn’s trailblazing legacy took flight earlier this week as a cargo ship bearing his name was launched fro the International Space Station (ISS).
In April 1959, Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth in the Friendship 7 space capsule. His space flight defined America’s position in the space race at the time, paving the way for the nation’s space programs, including moon missions. He died on Dec. 8, 2016.
Cygnus cargo vessel OA-7, named the S.S. John Glenn, was carried to the space by one of the United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket. The rocket lifted off from Space Launch Complex 41 (SLC 41) at 11:11 a.m. ET on 18th of April.
Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, 45th Space Wing commander & Launch Decision Authority for the mission, said, “John Glenn lived a life filled with firsts and broke barriers throughout his career, just like the tremendous men and women of the 45th Space Wing continue to do here daily.”
Monteith added that the successful mission once again demonstrated the flourishing collaboration that the 45th Space Wing has with NASA and ULA.
The S.S. John Glenn cargo ship holds 7,700 pounds of food, equipment and research equipment for the ISS. It is due there on coming Saturday, a couple of days after the arrival of two astronauts.
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