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Scott Carpenter

Scott CarpenterAKA Malcolm Scott Carpenter

Born: 1-May-1925
Birthplace: Boulder, CO
Died: 10-Oct-2013
Location of death: Denver, CO
Cause of death: Stroke

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Astronaut

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Mercury astronaut

Military service: US Navy (1949-69, Korean War)

Carpenter was selected as one of the original seven Mercury Astronauts on 9 April 1959. After extensive NASA training he served as backup pilot for John Glenn during the preparation for America's first manned orbital space flight in February 1962. Carpenter flew the second American manned orbital flight on 24 May 1962, becoming the fourth American in space. He piloted his Aurora 7 spacecraft through three revolutions of the earth, reaching a maximum altitude of 164 miles. The spacecraft landed in the Atlantic Ocean about 1000 miles southeast of Cape Canaveral after 4 hours and 54 minutes of flight time. After splash-landing he exited the craft and awaited recovery on a life raft, which likely jeopardized his future chances of space flight. On leave of absence from NASA, Carpenter participated in the US Navy's Man-in the-Sea Project as an Aquanaut in the SEALAB II program off the coast of La Jolla, California, in the summer of 1965. During the 45-day experiment, Carpenter spent 30 days living and working on the ocean floor. He was team leader for two of the three ten-man teams of Navy and civilian divers who conducted deep-sea diving activities in a seafloor habitat at a depth of 205 feet. He retired from the Navy in 1969 to involve himself in private business, including Sear Sciences, Inc.

Father: M. Scott Carpenter (research chemist)
Mother: Florence Kelso Noxon Carpenter
Wife: Rene Louise Price (m. 9-Sep-1948, div.)
Son: Marc Scott (b. 29-Nov-1949)
Daughter: Kristen Elaine (b. 26-Jun-1955)
Daughter: Candace Noxon (b. 8-Oct-1956)
Daughter: Robyn Jay (b. 4-Mar-1962)
Wife: Maria Roach (dau. Hal Roach, m. 1972)
Son: Matthew Scott
Son: Nicholas Andre
Wife: Barbara Curtin (m. 1988)
Son: Zachary Scott

    University: BS Aeronautical Engineering, University of Colorado (1949)

    American Astronautical Society Fellow
    Association of Space Explorers
    Heart of America Foundation Executive Advisory Board
    Silver Buffalo
    Hemorrhoid Operation San Antonio, TX (3-Jun-1964)
    Stroke 2013
    Roast: Walter Cronkite (1997)
    Risk Factors: Former Smoker, Hemorrhoids

Author of books:
For Spacious Skies (2003, memoir)

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