John Glenn Orbits the Earth-February 20th

On February 20th 1962, John Glenn became the first American to orbit the planet.  He died only last year on 8th December at the age of 95.

Today it is interesting to reflect on him, and how much courage it must have taken to step into the total unknown. The mission had been postponed ten times due to bad weather perhaps making the task  appear even more intimidating.We all at various points in our lives, find ourselves taking steps into the unknown. That first brave step can be extremely daunting, whether it is heading into space, or  leaving for school for the first time. Naturally with age we often become more used to new challenges.Most of the time we look back and wonder what we were worried about but occasionally we do indeed face pain. Despite this many brave people have continued to get up,  dust themselves down and try again.  Courage does not mean mistakes aren’t made but courage often  involves the quality to learn from mistakes and carry on. So after 10 failed attempts,(and no doubt many more obstacles which had had to be overcome.)John Glenn became the first American to orbit the planet.

John Glenn


When the new becomes commonplace, people become accustomed to it. That’s a tribute to our sense of adventure.


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