Fifty years ago, not exactly on this day - but certainly during this week - astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth. Alan Shepard had become the first American in space in May of the previous year (and just 23 days after Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin had became the first human in space). But Shepard's suborbital flight was just an up-and-down affair without any circling of the Big Blue Marble. Glenn was shot into orbit on February 20, 1962 aboard the craft, Friendship 7, and took this photo of Florida during one of his three trips around the globe. The entire flight took just under 5 hours.