Asked in Space Travel and Exploration
Who was the first american to orbit the earth in space vehicle?
This was John Glenn, who orbited the Earth on 20th February 1962 in the Friendship 7 capsule.
He went on to become a Democrat Senator in the 1980s and early '90s, and went into space a second time in October 1998 on board the space shuttle Discovery at the age of 77, in order to research the effect of space travel on the elderly. As of September 2012, he is 91 years old.