AP PHOTOS: The Mercury 7 Astronauts
FILE - In this 1961 file photo provided by NASA, the original seven Mercury astronauts pose in their spacesuits. In the first row, from left, are Walter Schirra Jr., Donald Slayton, John Glenn and Scott Carpenter. In the back row, from left, are Alan Shepard, Jr., Virgil Grissom and Gordon Cooper. Carpenter's death on Oct. 10, 2013 leaves John Glenn as the sole living member of the famed group.(AP Photo, File)
Posted: Friday, October 11, 2013 12:00 am
(AP) - Scott Carpenter, the second American to orbit the Earth and one of the last two survivors of the famed original Mercury 7 astronauts, died Thursday in a Denver hospice of complications from a September stroke.
His orbit, launched on May 24, 1962, followed John Glenn's three months earlier. When he missed his landing target by almost 300 miles on his return, the country watched on live television, unsure if he would survive. The Navy found him in the Caribbean, floating in his life raft with his feet propped up. He would end up leaving NASA over a disagreement about what went wrong.
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