: Caption reads: "GANTRY SURROUNDS ATLAS AND MERCURY SPACECRAFT"
Taken during the launch of Friendship 7 on February 20, 1962, this photograph shows the gantry, or supporting steel structure, around the Atlas launch vehicle and Mercury spacecraft named Friendship 7. The mission would make John Glenn the first American to orbit Earth.
The John and Annie Glenn collection is comprised of photographs, slides, books and ephemera documenting the career of John Glenn as an astronaut and U.S. Senator. The collection also documents his life with his wife Annie Glenn née Castor, family and friends, such as Robert and Ethel Kennedy and fellow astronauts. View on Ohio Memory.
: AV329_B24F09_09 Subjects
: Friendship 7 (Spacecraft); United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration; Glenn, John, 1921-2016; Places
: Cape Canaveral (Florida); Brevard County (Florida);