John Glenn, 1962
John Glenn was assured he would be picked up within 72 hours of landing, no matter where that was.
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John Glenn Carries Note of Greeting
20 Feb. 1962 | Space
John Glenn was worried about sitting around for 72 hours after landing and before being picked up, in a strange country, surrounded by strange people. He wrote a note and had it translated into several languages, just in case. The note said, "I am a stranger. I come in peace. Take me to your leader, and there will be a massive reward for you in eternity."
I thought the little green aliens were supposed to say, "Take me to your leader."
See Almost History by Roger Bruns, pages 17 and 18.