Glenn's Daughter Speaks

Lyn Glenn was 14 when her father first flew in space 36 years ago. Back then, she and her family watched the launch on TV at home in Alexandria, Va.

This time, she and her mother and brothers have been much more involved in the launch. She talked with CBS "This Morning" Co-Anchor Mark McEwen about the experience.

McEwen: You weren't the happiest camper when you heard about your dad going back up into space. Why?

Lyn Glenn: I had very mixed feelings, Mark. It is kind of "been there, done that." The level of anxiety, the fear. Very mixed feelings: happy, sad, mad, glad, proud, excited, frightened, all of those mixed feelings went into it at that point, his decision, and right now. So those mixed feelings are still with me, I admit it.

McEwen: Have the feelings tipped over on the side of less anxiety or less nervousness, or are you just as nervous and anxious as when you heard about it?

Lyn Glenn: I can't even find words to describe the happiness that Dad expresses now, and the level of confidence and excitement. Then I also think getting to know the rest of the crew, [who] are some of the most challenging, exciting, happy, intelligent people that I have ever known in my life.

Then, also, having the faces of the people at NASA that we've gotten to know through the training process. The man who runs that great big tank that you see the astronauts practicing weightlessness, he's also a fabulous musician. That's another passion of his. So I think having that personal touch and that personal connection means a lot to me. It has really been part of the preparation for tomorrow [Thursday].

McEwen: Let's talk about that personal preparation. When years ago your father first went into space, it was top secret. The family wasn't allowed to come out to see the spacecraft. Now the family is more involved. How has that helped you prepare for your dad going back up into space?

Lyn Glenn: It's a world of difference. In 1962, we did not see Friendship 7 before launch. We only saw it after it was brought the Space Center after flight. The first time I saw it, my first response was, "What a tin can! It's so small!" I really don't know what my feelings would have been had I seen it first. My fear level would have gone way up. Now...a huge difference [is that] my mother has gone to many of the classes with my father. Here at the Space Center, we're included. Those of us, older folks, are allowed to take physicals and then we're allowed to be around the crew.

[Lyn Glenn went on to explain to McEwen that NASA has a beach house, where the crew goes for a little R&R.]

Lyn Glenn: So we were out there to barbecue yesterday [Tuesday]. We took long walks. I jogged on the beach thereMy dad did his speed walking. One of the crew members in particular was surfing, having fun down in the waves, because the water is real warm here.

During the day, there weren't as many of us there; it was just the immediate family. But, at night, we got to meet the parents of many of the astronauts, and brothers and sisters, and best friends, and it makes a huge difference.

The difference now is recognizing, I guess, so much more deeply NASA appreciates the people - not just the crew members but the people behind the crew. I've certainly felt that, the support and the response.

McEwen: Way back when, you got to meet President Kennedy after your father went up into space... What were you thinking the day you met the president?

Lyn Glenn: We were blessed to really become friends with [the Kennedys]... We rode back to Washington with them on Air Force One. I got plane sick. President Kennedy heard about that, and he came back and sat with me. He...brought some crackers [and] told me to breathe very slowly and to just relax completely, and he sat with me talking very slowly to help me. So he was a kind person.

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