NASA's Documentary About the First American to Orbit Earth

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John Glenn and the other astronauts who manned the Friendship 7 mission 50 years ago give a play by play description of the effort in this documentary from NASA, including stunning archival footage. For more images from the project, don't miss Alexis Madrigal's reconstruction of Glenn's experience in orbit, in "What John Glenn Saw When He Became the First American to Orbit Earth," or NASA's multimedia tribute to the mission

For more videos from NASA, visit http://www.nasa.gov/.

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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