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05/18/09 — Witness to history: Vick's lens captured Glenn's splashdown after historic orbit

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Witness to history: Vick's lens captured Glenn's splashdown after historic orbit

By Kenneth Fine
Published in News on May 18, 2009 1:46 PM

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Ronald Vick

Shown in this original black-and-white photo that was taken by Ronald Vick is the Mercury "Friendship 7" space capsule that astronaut John Glenn piloted when he orbited Earth in 1962.

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Ronald Vick

One of the photos Ronald Vick took of John Glenn bears the astronaut's signature.

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Ronald Vick looks at a June 1962 copy of National Geographic in which two of his color photos of John Glenn's Mercury "Friendship 7" space capsule recovery mission were featured. Vick was the only U.S. Navy still photographer aboard the USS Destroyer Noa.

Armed only with a camera, Ronald Vick turned toward the bow of the USS Noa and looked skyward. "I totally (messed) up. I saw, off the distance about two miles, a capsule underneath a parachute coming down," he said. "I...

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