National Geographic : 1962 Jun
Plucked From the Atlantic, Friendship7 Rides the Deck of U. S. Navy Destroyer Noa Four hours and 55 minutes after launching, the capsule splashed down near the Noa, one of more than 20 ships patrolling Atlantic recovery areas. When the capsule re-entered the atmosphere at terrific speed, it had caused a "sonic boom" clearly heard aboard the ship. Steel cable from one of Noa's lifeboat davits secures the bobbing capsule (below). The peri scope, its door open, extends just above swells stained coppery green by a floating dye marker. With the astronaut still inside and hatch cover still closed, Friendship 7 swings aboard the Noa (center, opposite). Minutes later Glenn talks by phone with the President of the United States (bottom, opposite).