John Glenn conducted the first manned space orbit of the earth on February 20, 1962. This is the transcription of his in-flight communication with Mission Control in Florida. During re-entry Glenn was forced to switch to manual control after the autopilot failed. Additionally, there were concerns his heat shield had come loose — leading the recommendation to leave his retropackage in place .
Transcript of John Glenn’s Official Communication with the Command Center , 02/28/1962
“Bird’s eye view of this morning’s space shuttle traffic jam.”
It was an amazing sight to see the launch, to see it breaking the tree line and taking to the sky, flying through the clouds and going up into orbit.– Robb Mackinson at today’s shuttle launch • Mackinson, of Sunset Hills, is vacationing in Florida with his family. They stopped at the Space Center visitors complex to watch the launch.
Taking the pulse of history • Rose Church was McDonnell Aircraft’s aerospace nurse. Her keepsake 1960s-era McDonnell Aircraft promotional booklet reflects the first chapter of America’s starry rendezvous and the huge role St. Louis played in NASA’s lofty ambitions. Church, 89, was one of thousands of St. Louisans who helped write the first chapter in putting astronauts into space. The survivors among them surely join Church in reminiscing today as NASA closes the latest chapter with the launching of Atlantis in the last mission of the space shuttle program.
Second helping • City officials plan to raze the former Big Boy’s restaurant, but there’s hope for fans of the landmark eatery’s homestyle menu. Janet Bradshaw, a former waitress, and her husband are working to secure a lease on a building nearby for a restaurant that would feature many of the same food items and recipes. State tax investigators shuttered the restaurant in April 2005; owners Paul Scott King Sr. and his son Kevin King had failed to pay sales tax.
A lot on their plates • While members of the Missouri Legislature are sequestered in Jefferson City, they work long hours but rarely go hungry, thanks to a dedicated corps of lobbyists and interest groups that spends hundreds of thousands of dollars a year on food. Critics acknowledge it is unlikely that a vote can be bought with a slice of pizza or a bucket of barbecue. But the practice does, they say, create the perception of a cozy relationship between lawmakers and influence peddlers.
Up in space, down in history • Astronaut Sandra Magnus, a Belleville West High School graduate, will be aboard Atlantis for the last mission in the 30-year space shuttle program. Her mother will be at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on July 8 to watch her daughter blast into space — for a third time. “There’s that moment when they’re climbing when it’s the real dangerous part,” Hall explained. “I’m saying, ‘OK, OK, let’s go, Lord.’”
It wasn’t much to look at, but I will never be that close to the moon again!– U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan • The U.S. Attorney’s office said Thursday it had recovered stolen moon dust at a St. Louis auction house. The dust came from the film canister used by astronauts on the Apollo 11 mission and was believed to have been transferred to a one-inch piece of tape, then stolen by a NASA employee.