Scott Carpenter, the fourth U.S. astronaut to fly in space and the second to orbit the Earth, died Thursday at a Denver hospice. Carpenter’s wife, Patty, confirmed his death to Fox News. Carpenter, 88, reportedly had recently suffered a stroke. He was chosen in 1959 to be one of NASA’s first astronauts and flew on his one and only space mission on May 24, 1962, circling the Earth three times while conducting scientific experiments.
It`s sad but the next new generation coming up will probably not be taught about the explorer`s from the Old World who sailed the globe looking for new lands and resources and the explorer`s from the New World who left the confines of our planet to explore outer space.
When the original 7 Mercury astronauts were announced, most of us followed every single snippet of information about them, their families, their careers. And most of us can still name all seven without having to think about it. Scott Carpenter was one of the roguest of that batch of rogues, though. Apparently, John Glenn was the only truly morally upright guy. Nonetheless, I loved them all and I am sad to read of Scott´s passing. Remember his first wife, Rene? The toast of the talk shows of the day?
Those were amazing, thrilling days. Glad I got to experience them. No, they don´t last forever on this earth, #2, but seeing Scott Carpenter´s age (88) was a kind of "reality check" for me, since heroes do seem to be "forever young" in our hearts. May God bless and comfort his loved ones.
Carpenter´s capsule was, in fact Aurora 7. There was an elementary school in Boulder named after it. Carpenter Park in Boulder had a rocket-themed jungle gym that the city wanted to take down. Residents (and Carpenter himself) put up a fight and it still stands today.
I always found it odd that John Glenn got all the glory for just going up and then coming right down, while Carpenter, who matched the Russians´ achievement by actually orbiting the planet, was pretty much ignored by the public. It doesn´t make it easier to accept when you recall that Glenn became a Democrat senator of questionable ethics.
Actually, I got it wrong, even though I was alive when it all happened. My complaint then was that Carpenter was the fist American in space (he went up and came right down). But because Glenn was the first to orbit and we were ashamed that the Soviets had beaten us, Carpenter´s achievement was largely ignored. This always seemed unfair to me.
Scott Carpenter was the true explorer. After examining the earth from space he went on to help develop man´s ability to survive the deep in the SeaLab project. Truly a modern day renaissance man. Fair winds and following seas, Commander. Eternal Father, strong to save......
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