Thursday, October 10, 2013

Pioneer Mercury astronaut dies

Mercury Seven astronaut Scott Carpenter dies at 88

By CNN Staff

October 10, 2013 — Updated 2044 GMT (0444 HKT)


  • NEW: Carpenter was born in Boulder, Colorado

  • He was the second American to orbit Earth

  • Carpenter was one of the original seven Mercury Astronauts

(CNN) — Astronaut Scott Carpenter, the second American to orbit Earth, has died, NASA said on Thursday. He was 88.

“We, the whole NASA family, are mourning with Scott’s family. We have lost a true pioneer. I shall long remember him not only for his smarts and courage but his incredible humor. He kept us all grounded,” said NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden. “We will miss him greatly.”

Carpenter was one of the Mercury Seven astronauts chosen by NASA. He was a backup pilot for John Glenn in the preparation for America’s first manned orbital space flight in February 1962.

Carpenter flew the second American manned orbital flight in May of that year.

He was born in Boulder, Colorado.

CNN’s John Zarrella contributed to this report.

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