Astronaut John Glenn relaxes aboard the USS Noa after being recovered from the Atlantic near Grand Turk Island after his historic Mercury flight. Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth on February, 20, 1962 in his "Friendship 7" capsule. The Noa picked him up 21 minutes after impact.(NASA)

Photos: The life of John Glenn

Remembering the life of John Glenn, the first U.S. astronaut to orbit Earth and a former United States Senator.