Kennedy News

Bruce Buckingham
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
(Phone: 321/867-2468)

Feb. 22, 2002
Note to Editors:
Mercury Astronauts to Celebrate 40 Years of Space Flight at KSC
The 40th Anniversary of John Glenn's historic Friendship 7 flight on Feb. 20, 1962, the first of America's orbital space flights, will be celebrated at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, and co-hosted by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. Special events will take place throughout the day and evening at the Visitor Center to celebrate 40 years of Americans in Orbit.

Beginning at about 7 p.m. EST, on Sunday, Feb. 24, NASA TV will broadcast "An Evening With the Mercury Astronauts" live from the Saturn V Center at Kennedy Space Center. Coverage of the event will continue throughout the evening and include recent interviews with John Glenn and Wally Schirra.

Apollo 13 Commander Jim Lovell, chairman of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, will serve as the master of ceremonies.

Other Mercury astronauts attending, in addition to Glenn and Schirra, are Scott Carpenter and Gordon Cooper. All will be at the KSC Visitor Complex to celebrate and reminisce about their contributions to the space program.

NASA TV can be found on GE-2 satellite, transponder 9C, 85 degrees west longitude.

For additional information on the event, visit:


- end -

text-only version of this release

To receive status reports and news releases issued from the Kennedy Space Center Newsroom electronically, send a blank e-mail message to To unsubscribe, send a blank e-mail message to The system will confirm your request via e-mail.