Another Hero Falls...

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Another Hero Falls...
Posted by Poppa Chris on Thursday, October 10, 2013 3:50 PM

Scott Carpenter, one of the original seven NASA astronauts and the second American to orbit Earth, has died, according to NASA. He was 88.  Rest in peace, Scott. You were made of the "Right Stuff".

---Poppa Chris---

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Posted by Aratus on Thursday, October 10, 2013 4:32 PM

I've been away and just picked that up from the BBC News web site.   I guessed that someone would have posted have posted it here!  Scott Carpenter certainly played his part in pioneering human spaceflight.   All the original 'Mercury 7' have now died, apart from John Glenn.  (My apologies if I've got that wrong)   Their chapter in history is assured.


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Posted by StarFarmer on Thursday, October 10, 2013 7:16 PM

Every one of you helped build that "Field of Dreams" for us.  You were the greatest players and we were the mere spectators.  What we know now is said to be taken From the Shoulders of Giants.  Thank you Mr. Carpenter for your great contributions that helped us all learn.  Your risks were all of mankinds rewards.


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Posted by leo731 on Monday, October 14, 2013 3:29 PM

I actually remember his flight.  We watched the lift off on our B&W TV and later we all held our breath as they searched for him after his splashdown occured some 250 miles off course.   Many people forget that Carpenter the Navy Test Pilot and Astronaut after the Mercury mission became an Argonaut exploring the deep ocean and participating in the Sealab program. 


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