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Scott Carpenter, Mercury Astronaut Who Orbited Earth, Dies at 88

 
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Scott Carpenter, Mercury Astronaut Who Orbited Earth, Dies at 88
M. Scott Carpenter, whose flight into space in 1962 as the second American to orbit the Earth was marred by technical glitches and ended with the nation waiting anxiously to see if he had survived a landing far from the target site, died on Thursday in Denver. He was 88 and one of the last two surviving astronauts of America’s original space program, Project Mercury.

His wife, Patty Carpenter, announced the death. No cause was given. Mr. Carpenter had entered hospice care recently after having a stroke.

His death leaves John H. Glenn Jr., who flew the first orbital mission on Feb. 20, 1962, and later became a United States senator from Ohio, as the last survivor of the Mercury 7.


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Re: Scott Carpenter, Mercury Astronaut Who Orbited Earth, Dies at 88
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Re: Scott Carpenter, Mercury Astronaut Who Orbited Earth, Dies at 88
Wow...I was a toddler when the Mercury program was around but the Mercury 7 were famous.
I remember Gemini and Apollo like they were yesterday and even got to see Apollo 14 and 15 launch in person.
I think Carpenter and Slayton were the only Mercury Astronauts to only fly 1 mission and Slayton's mission didn't come till Apollo/Soyuz.