Mercury Seven astronaut Scott Carpenter dies at 88

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  1. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    (CNN) -- Astronaut Scott Carpenter, the second American to orbit Earth, has died, NASA said on Thursday. He was 88.

    "We, the whole NASA family, are mourning with Scott's family. We have lost a true pioneer. I shall long remember him not only for his smarts and courage but his incredible humor. He kept us all grounded," said NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden. "We will miss him greatly."
  2. Phoenix

    Phoenix Well-Known Member

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    So I guess NASA just went from 97% to 98% shutdown...

    In all seriousness though, RIP to an American hero

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    Carpenter was a USN Naval Aviator, a Korean War Vet, Test Pilot, An Astronaut, an Aquanaut and a Boy Scout.

    A good lifes work I would say.

    RIP Malcolm Scott Carpenter
  4. burmafrd

    burmafrd Benched

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    John Glenn is the last man standing of the Mercury Seven. Wonder what he is thinking now? Not sure that is such a great honor- everyone you knew way back is gone.
  5. ologan

    ologan Well-Known Member

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    It seems like it would be a great honor if you valued being alive.
  6. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    My middle name was given to me by him and his bravery... and I've carried around "Scott" proudly ever since.
  7. DallasCowpoke

    DallasCowpoke Fierce Allegiance

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  8. CliffnMesquite

    CliffnMesquite Well-Known Member

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    "High Flight"

    Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
    And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
    Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
    of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
    You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
    High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
    I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
    My eager craft through footless halls of air....

    Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
    I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.
    Where never lark, or even eagle flew —
    And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
    The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
    - Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

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