Twenty-one minutes after he landed in the Atlantic Ocean following his historic orbit in space, John Glenn was picked up by the USS Noa. Above, he relaxes on the deck, having just become the first American to orbit the Earth. Monday marked the 50th anniversary of his flight.
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Rebecca J. Rosen is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where she oversees the Family and Education sections. She was previously an associate editor at The Wilson Quarterly.