Magazine article Newsweek

'Zero-G and I Feel Fine'

Magazine article Newsweek

'Zero-G and I Feel Fine'

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Blasting into orbit, John Glenn restores romance to space--and reminds us all of headier days as he floats into history john glenn learned about daily life at zero-G during his first breakfast in space last week, when a piece of his oatmeal floated up and got stuck on his glasses. But Glenn got through the oatmeal, and the shrimp cocktail and creamed spinach at lunch. He also managed to swallow a pill containing a tiny thermometer to measure his body temperature. This week, Glenn will give a dozen blood samples to test for protein breakdown. He's sleeping in a drawerlike compartment with electrodes around his head, to measure sleep cycles. He works out on a treadmill every day and e-mails his wife, Annie.

When NASA first announced it was shooting the longtime senator back into space, critics dismissed it as a junket. But no one was snickering at Cape Canaveral last week, as the fiery rocket under Discovery hurled Glenn and his six crew mates toward the heavens with 3. …

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