Welcome and honor of American astronaut John Herschel Glenn Junior in Cape Canaveral. John Glenn disembarks from an aircraft at Patrick Air Force Base in Cape Canaveral. Glenn is greeted and welcomed by his wife, children, mother and father. They arrive at Cape Canaveral town from the air base. Civilians greet and welcome Glenn. The President of the United States John F. Kennedy presents the Space Distinguished Service Medal praising his courage.
A film on the life of American astronaut John Herschel Glenn Jr. He was the first American to orbit the earth in 1962. Unmanned experimental flights. Launch of a spacecraft. Astronauts at work. Training of the astronauts. American astronaut Alan Shepard in a spacecraft. The Mercury-Atlas 6 mission underway. Men work on a spacecraft. Preparation for the launch of the spacecraft at Cape Canaveral in Florida. The spacecraft on a launch pad. Astronauts prepare for the spaceflight. Men at work in a building. The Mercury-Atlas 6 Friendship 7 spacecraft is ready to be launched. John Glenn prepares for the flight. The spacecraft on a launch pad. A U.S. flag on the spacecraft. Glenn takes his position in Friendship 7. The countdown begins. People gather and look at the spacecraft. Glenn in the spacecraft. The spacecraft is launched. Vapors rise from the bottom of the spacecraft. It ascends towards the sky. Technicians establish contact with Glenn. United States Air Force missile range instrumentation ship Rose Knot underway as it follows the course of the spacecraft.
A film on the life of American astronaut John Herschel Glenn Jr. He was the first American to orbit the earth in 1962. John Glenn in Mercury-Atlas 6 Friendship 7 spacecraft traveling in space. A view of the earth from the spacecraft. The location of the spacecraft on TV monitors at Cape Canaveral in Florida. A man talks over a phone. Men at work in a building. Glenn directs the spacecraft back to earth. He is recommended to use the fly-by–wire mode. Caribbean was selected to receive Friendship 7. Glenn says that there is a fireball outside. Men at work in the headquarters building. A ship underway at sea. Men look at the spacecraft through binoculars. The spacecraft lands in the Atlantic Ocean . Glenn is taken aboard. He boards an helicopter and arrives at the headquarters.
The U.S. Destroyer, USS Barton (DD-722) underway slowly in the Cape Canaveral Ship Channel, Cape Canaveral, Florida. She is one of the ships in the Mercury-Atlas 7 orbital mission recovery task force.
Gantry at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Signal light near gantry. Workers open the gantry. Mercury Atlas 8. '113D' and 'United States' written on Mercury Atlas 8. 113D flight readiness firing test at Cape Canaveral. Mercury Atlas 8 creates thrust during launch.
Animated representation of signals sent to communications satellite Telstar 1 from the ground station at Andover, Minnesota. Telstar communication satellite at a ground station in Andover. Technicians checking the satellite before launch. View of Telstar rotating within a lit box as the sapphire coated solar cells on its surface are explained by narrator: Solar energy collected by the solar panel cells powers the sattelite's operation. View of the satellite with the equipment that receives data and amplifies and retransmits the data. Telstar prepared to be launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida. Telstar satellite aboard a Thor-Delta rocket takes off from Cape Canaveral. Officers at the station tracking the satellite. The rocket with the satellite on its path. Animation shows signals sent from from the station to the satellite. Officers tracking the path of the satellite Telstar. The first picture sent by the satellite are of the dome of the station at Andover with the U.S. flag beside the dome of the station. Animation shows future network of satellites that will someday encircle the globe.