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PBS – John Glenn: American Hero (1998)

PBS John Glenn American Hero

A fascinating documentary on the life and career of the astronaut and United States Senator who at 77 turned a new page in history by becoming the oldest person to venture into space. This remarkable man has led a remarkable life, from his role as a Navy and Marine Corps pilot to the man who made history as the first American to orbit the Earth. Using interviews and historical footage, this documentary traces Glenn’s life from his boyhood in Ohio, his combat experience in World War II and Korea, his years of public service as a United States senator to his long time desire to return to space.
Glenn made history 36 years ago when he became the first American to orbit the Earth. In making three orbits, he gave hope and pride to a nation desperate to catch up in the “race for space.” In the process, he became the most revered American explorer since Lindbergh. Now, the 77-year-old Ohio Senator will once again make history, this time as the oldest person ever to travel in space.
Through interviews and rare historical footage, the documentary traces Glenn’s life from his boyhood in Ohio, his combat experience in World War II and Korea, his 1957 transcontinental speed record, years of public service in the United States Senate, and his longstanding desire to return to space. Glenn says his eye is set on the future. The documentary also looks ahead to America’s space activities in the 21st century, including NASA’s International Space Station.

A Co-Production of KCET/Hollywood and Newsweek Productions, Inc.

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