From the S&S archives: Glenn ends his Japan orbit
TOKYO (S&S) — U.S. astronaut John H. Glenn Jr. and his family returned to Tokyo Wednesday after a week-long visit to Japanese industrial and cultural centers.
Glenn, who visited the Kansai and Tokai areas as part of a 13-day Japan vacation, will spend a busy three days in Tokyo before returning to the U.S. Friday night.
Wednesday night Glenn and his family were the guests of honor at a reception at the Sanno given by Ambassador and Mrs. Edwin O. Reischauer.
Glenn began his Japan visit May 10 after serving as voice coordinator aboard the tracking ship Coastal Sentry south of Japan during Astronaut L. Gordon Cooper's 22 orbit flight.
Glenn and his family Wednesday visited the site where Glenn's space capsule was displayed last year and shopped at Tokyo department stores.
Glenn attended a discussion later with Japanese scientists.
On Thursday, Glenn was scheduled to receive the key to Tokyo from Governor Ryotaro Azuma. He was also to discuss space achievements with Japanese science writers, receive an honorary degree from Nihon University, and attend a luncheon given by the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan and a reception given by the Japanese government.
On Friday, Glenn's wife and children will go sightseeing and Glenn will address a luncheon meeting of the America-Japan Society. The family is scheduled to leave Tokyo International Airport at 9:50 p.m. for Alaska.