02/23/12 - 8:07am
Dave Stein helped build the rocket that sent the first American into orbit around the Earth 50 years ago.
But, like most others around the world, he had to watch the now famous launch on his San Diego television set.
Although he was disappointed then, he’s OK with it now. There were plenty of launches he would watch later in his career, he said.
John Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth aboard the famous Friendship 7 space capsule propelled into the heavens by an Atlas rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Feb. 20, 1962.