Thursday, May 21, 2020

100 Days of COVID-19, Day 52

My Art in the Time of a Pandemic

DREAM BIG!
Today's postage stamp is from Romania.  Issued on 15 January 1964, it is an offset lithographic print of American astronaut John Herschel Glenn.

On 20 February 1962, Glenn flew the Friendship 7 mission, becoming the first American to orbit the earth, circling it three times.  Glenn was the fifth person and third American in space.

On May 5, 1961, Alan Barlett Shepard piloted the Mercury-Redstone 3 mission and became the first American, and the second person, to travel into space.

Virgil "Gus" Grissom was the second American in space and the first NASA astronaut to fly twice in space.

Yuri Gagarin was the first man in space.  His flight, on 12 April 1961, lasted 108 minutes as he circled the Earth for a little more than one orbit in the Soviet Union's Vostok spacecraft.


*Coronavirus Disease 2019:
Update in Maryland- 5/21/2020
43,531 confirmed cases 
2,159 deaths   3,099 recovered

Update in New York State - 5/21/2020
356,458 confirmed cases 
28,743 deaths    62,826 recovered

Total in United States: 1,576.886 confirmed cases, 94,688 deaths
Total Worldwide:       5,101,400 confirmed cases, 332,876 deaths


* All numbers are taken from Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

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