Project Mercury, also known as the Mercury program, was a human spaceflight program originating on planet Earth in the 20th century. It was overseen by the United States of America's NASA space agency in the 1950s and 1960s.
In February 1962, one of the seven pilots, John Glenn, made a flight aboard the spacecraft Friendship 7, and became the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth. (Star Trek Magazine Issue 162: "Blast Off!")
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