AP PHOTOS: The Mercury 7 Astronauts

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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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