Friday, October 11, 2013

Scott Carpenter (1925-2013)

Scott Carpenter following the flight of Aurora 7 in 1962
Scott Carpenter, the second American to orbit the Earth and one of the last two surviving Project Mercury astronauts, has died.

His wife, Patty Barrett, said Mr Carpenter, 88, died in a Denver hospice of complications from a stroke he suffered in September.

As an astronaut and aquanaut who lived underwater for the US Navy, he was the first man to explore both the depths of the ocean and the heights of space.

It was Mr Carpenter who gave the famous send-off - "Godspeed, John Glenn" - when John Glenn became the first American in orbit in February 1962. Mr Glenn, 92, is the only member of the "Mercury 7" still alive.

Read the Sky News summary, HERE.

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