Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter

U.S. Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter
U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander M. Scott Carpenter was born May 1, 1925 in Boulder, Colorado

Carpenter was the pilot of the Mercury-Atlas 7 orbital flight on May 24, 1962.  Launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, he completed a successful three orbit space flight mission, reaching a maximum altitude (apogee) of 164 miles, and attaining an orbital velocity of 17,532 miles per hour.

Carpenter's Aurora 7 Mercury spacecraft landed in an area in the Atlantic approximately 1,000 miles southeast of Cape Canaveral.  The time of the flight from launch to impact was 4 hours, 53 minutes, and 47 seconds. 

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