Neil Armstrong hails John Glenn
Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon, surprised John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, at a gala on Monday to honor Glenn on the 50th anniversary of his historic space flight. Speaking at the event at Ohio State University, Armstrong said there was a need for leadership in the space program and Glenn "literally rose to the occasion." Glenn got another surprise earlier when NASA enabled him to speak live with crew members from the International Space Station. Glenn, 90, became the first American to orbit the Earth on Feb. 20, 1962.
Astronaut pens children's book
Retired astronaut Mark Kelly, who collaborated with his wife, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, on her memoir, is writing a children's book about a mouse that goes to space. "On my first space shuttle flight, we had 18 mice on board as experiments," Kelly said. "And 17 of them, as soon as we got into zero gravity, stayed latched on to the side of the cage. But one of them seemed comfortable through the whole mission, like he was enjoying it." His Mousetronaut: A Partially True Story will be published in October.