M. Scott Carpenter’s five-hour journey broke the bonds of Earth and changed both a world and his life.
The West Palm Beach resident, who became the fourth American in space more than a half-century ago, died Thursday at the Denver Hospice, wife Patty Barrett Carpenter told The Palm Beach Post.
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Malcolm Scott Carpenter
Personal: Born May 1, 1925, in Boulder, Colo. Graduate of University of Colorado. U.S. Navy commission, 1949. Seven children, one grandchild.
Astronaut: Selected one of seven original Mercury astronauts on April 9, 1959. Flew Aurora 7 on May 24, 1962 (three orbits, four hours and 54 minutes). Fourth U.S. manned mission, second in orbit. Later helped develop Apollo lunar lander.
Aquanaut: Took leave from NASA in 1965 to join Navy’s ‘Man in the Sea’ project. Spent 30 days living and working on ocean floor, 205 feet below surface. In 1967, directed aquanaut operations during SEALAB II. Also worked with famed ocean explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau. Retired from Navy in 1969.
Entrepreneur: Frequent lecturer; corporate spokesman; documentary narrator; film industry consultant.
Novels: The Steel Albatross; Deep Flight.