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Astronaut John Glenn's

Historic Trip!

by

Gail Skroback Hennessey


In a 9 1/2 ft.by 6 ft. wide space capsule called Friendship 7, John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth. The date was February 20, 1962. Learn more about John Glenn and his historic space accomplishment and some facts about early space exploration.



1. With little more leg-room then a Volkswagen Beetle, John Glenn orbited the earth, three times, in 4 hours and 56 minutes. Glenn got permission from NASA to bring a little gold pin and some small silk flags, things what wouldn't weigh very much. What were three of the things which John Glenn saw as he orbited the Earth?________________________ ___________ _________ Find the answer at this link:historynet.com


2. The third American in space, John Glenn orbited the Earth three times, traveling at speeds of 17,000 miles an hour. Prior to being an astronaut, Glenn was in the military. In which conflict did he serve?__________ Afterwards, he became a test pilot. Which record flight did he complete?_______________What was the name of the space project that John Glenn was involved?________

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3. From a maximum altitude of about 100 miles, there was a problem with Friendship 7. The capsule started to slant right. What had gone wrong to cause this?_________________. Then, a more serious problem occurred which might have prevented his safe return to Earth. NASA didn't wish to tell Glenn. What was the problem?_________________What were Glenn’s first words after safely returning to earth and exiting the space capsule?_____________Find the answers at this link:teacher.scholastic.com(You will have to click on "next" to find all the answers.)


There are 10 web questions in the complete resource.





Did You Know?


  • Dennis Tito, became the first space tourist in 2001.He paid $20 million to spend 8 days at the International Space Station.


  • Snoopy, the Peanut character, is the safety mascot of NASA astronauts.


  • Wan-Hu, a Chinese man that lived around 1500 AD, may have been the first in space. 47 Rockets were attached to a chair with two large kites. He was never seen again!

  • The word astronaut is Latin for "star sailor".

  • First person to walk in space was Russian,Alexei Leonov(1965).


  • First American to walk in space was Ed White(1965).


  • The first man to walk on the moon was Neil Armstrong in 1969. Buzz Aldrin, was the second. As Armstrong walked off the ladder onto the moon's surface, he said, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."



    Teacher Page:

    1. Before doing the webquest, ask student to share any prior knowledge they have on the history of space exploration. Ask the students if they know anything about John Glenn.


    2. Have groups of students do the webquest. Have the students create 7 comprehension questions to have another group of students answer. Regroup and discuss the web quest.


    There are seven extension activities with the complete web quest and the key.



    Additional Resource of interest:

    Check out my web quest on Space Exploration:Space: The Final Frontier: A Webquest



    Click here to see the complete resource:Astronaut, John Glenn!



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