James Tyler and John Glenn at NASM, by Avino, Mark, 1987, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, Senator John Glenn held a news conference at the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) 19 February 1987 in honor of the 25th anniversary of his orbit around the earth in the Mercury Friendship 7 spacecraft. This photo shows Glenn standing with NASM Acting Director James Tyler (l.) in front of the spacecraft..