Logo

Dimdima

Online Children's Magazine from India

  • dimdima
  • dimdima
  • dimdima
  • dimdima
  • dimdima
  • dimdima
  • dimdima
  • dimdima
  • dimdima
  
  • dimdima
  • dimdima
  • dimdima
  • dimdima
  • dimdima
  • dimdima
  • dimdima
  • dimdima
  • dimdima
Menu

Space Exploration - 18

First American in Orbit

The Americans launched a chimpanzee named Enos into space on 29 November 1961, and the spacecraft went into orbit without a hitch. It was originally scheduled to complete 3 orbits but was brought back after the second because it was not maintaining proper altitude.
According to reports, Enos seemed glad to be back. He jumped for joy and ran around the deck of the recovery ship, enthusiastically shaking hands with the crew.
The next step was to send a man into orbit, and the astronaut chosen for the mission was John Herschel Glenn Jr.
Glenn was launched into orbit atop an Atlas rocket on 20 February 1962, and he made three revolutions of Earth. He used hand controls to guide the Mercury capsule which he had named ‘Friendship 7’ (7 stood for the seven astronauts who had been selected to become America’s first astronauts), showing that a man could safely pilot a spacecraft in orbit.
Ground Control had a scare during his second orbit when it looked as if the spacecraft’s heat shield was loose. Fortunately it turned out to be a false alarm. Had the heat shield really been loose it could have come off during re-entry, and Glenn would have been burnt to a crisp. As it happened he splashed down safely in the Atlantic Ocean.
His flight had lasted almost 5 hours.
He had gone up an ordinary astronaut but he came down a hero, having become the first American to go into orbit.
In May that year, another American, Scott Carpenter, repeated Glenn’s feat, orbiting Earth 3 times in his spacecraft, Aurora 7. He too landed successfully in the Atlantic, but he came down more than 320 kilometres beyond the intended landing area and beyond radio range of the recovery forces. America held its breath for almost an hour till a search plane finally spotted him on a raft beside his craft.

Ask A Question...
Answer A Question...
  • Do you have a Science Question?
  • Post it here and get the answer.
  • Some questions posted by others are not yet answered.
  • View those questions and answer them.
Get Help or Give Help.
Our Logo

Dimdima is the Sanskrit word for ‘drumbeat’. In olden days, victory in battle was heralded by the beat of drums or any important news to be conveyed to the people used to be accompanied with drumbeats.

Dimdima.com

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
K. M Munshi Marg,
Chowpatty, Mumbai - 400 007
email : editor@dimdima.com

Dimdima Magazine

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
505, Sane Guruji Marg,
Tardeo, Mumbai - 400 034
email : promo@dimdima.com

About

Dimdima.com, the Children's Website of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan launched in 2000 and came out with a Printed version of Dimdima Magazine in 2004. At present the Printed Version have more than 35,000 subscribers from India and Abroad.

Terms of Use | Site Map | Privacy Policy | Testimonials | Feedback | About Us | Contact Us | Link to Us | Links | Advertise with Us |
Copyright © 2021 dimdima.com. All Rights Reserved.