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Unknown [John Glenn boards Friendship space shuttle]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09795.10 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: Type: Photograph Date: 1962 Pagination: 1 photograph ; 8.5 x 20.1 cm.

One photograph, dated 1962. Shows astronaut John Glenn boarding the United States Friendship space shuttle.

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