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[i]On page 340 Burrows states "He [Glenn] had been told before his Friendship 7 thundered over the Atlantic that he would get at least seven orbits." On page 341, in the midst of describing the suspected heat shield problem, Burrows wrote: "Seven orbits were now out of the question." Burrows cites the NASA book "This New Ocean," which recounts the flight, but doesn't actually contain the error.[/i]
[i]Glenn was told by his capcom: "Roger, Seven. You have a go — at least seven orbits." This was mission control's way of informing Glenn that his altitude and velocity were sufficiently high that he would stay up for at least seven orbits if he did not initiate retrofire.[/i]
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