Sunday, November 3, 2013

Scott Carpenter, Pioneer of Inner and Outer Space

Mercury Astronaut Scott Carpenter

Colorado's Scott Carpenter, the second American to orbit the Earth died October 10th, 2013 at the age of 88. Carpenter's Mercury-Atlas rocket, Aurora 7 launched on May 24th 1962 orbiting the Earth three times over a course of five hours, at the time the longest space flight from either the American or Soviets.

Still Carpenter's flight was controversial, with claims that Carpenter was not paying sufficient attention to Mission Control, and Carpenter was quietly moved out of flight status. However Scott Carpenter was not finished exploring yet and moved into NASA's earth based SEALAB program spending extended time at the bottom of the ocean.

In later years, because of this experience, Carpenter would play a pivotal role in developing the underwater training facilities used by current astronauts as a way to help simulate a weightless environment.

Scott Carpenter leaves behind a wife and many children as well as his legacy of exploration.

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