Today Is John Glenn Friendship 7 Day

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Astronaut John Glenn is joining Ohio’s governor Friday to celebrate the signing of a new state law that marks Feb. 20 as “John Glenn Friendship 7 Day.”

Glenn piloted the Mercury-Atlas 6 “Friendship 7” spacecraft on the United States’ first manned orbital mission on Feb. 20, 1962.

This year is the 50th anniversary of the flight.

Kasich signed the bill in December, but he’s holding a ceremonial signing Friday to honor Glenn. Ohio State University President Gordon Gee was also expected to attend the event.

Glenn served as a U.S. Marine Corps pilot in World War II and the Korean War before joining NASA and orbiting the earth three times in his spacecraft, the Friendship 7.

He also served Ohio in the U.S. Senate from 1974 to 1999.