John H. Glenn, jr. The first American to travel around this planet began his three-orbit flight from this launch complex in friendship 7 of Mercury atlas no. 6 at 9:47 am February 20, 1962 Project Mercury was a vital step on man's journey to the moon

Complex 14, John F. Kennedy Space Center, Kennedy Space Center, FL, United States

"...One of the most complex tasks ever presented to man in this country ··· the achievement of manned flight in orbit around the earth." - John F. Kennedy, thirty-fifth president of the United States. This marker commemorates the national aeronautics and space administration's project mercury, which first put free men into space. The four manned orbital capsules were boosted into space by atlas rockets, which were launched by the united states air force from complex 14, located 2200 feet east of here at 28° 29' 27.1428" north latitude and 80° 32' 49.6107 west longitude. Contained in a capsule herein to be opened in the year 2464 a.D. Are technical reports of these flights. Dedicated 1964 a.D., to the thousands of men and women of the free world who contributed to the success of Project Mercury. "si monumentum requiris circumspice" anon.

Complex 14, John F. Kennedy Space Center, Kennedy Space Center, FL, United States