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Scott Carpenter dies, second American to orbit Earth

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Scott Carpenter, the fourth U.S. astronaut to fly in space and the second to orbit the Earth, died Thursday at a Denver hospice.

Carpenter’s wife, Patty, confirmed his death to Fox News. Carpenter, 88, reportedly had recently suffered a stroke.

He was chosen in 1959 to be one of NASA’s first astronauts and flew on his one and only space mission on May 24, 1962, circling the Earth three times while conducting scientific experiments.

Carpenter gave the famous send-off — "Godspeed, John Glenn" — when Glenn became the first American in orbit in February 1962.

Three months later, Carpenter orbited the Earth three times. He lost contact with NASA during the off-target landing but was found safely floating in his life raft 288 miles away.

Born in Boulder, Colo., Carpenter grew up there and in New York City. A veteran of the Korean War, Carpenter retired from the Navy with the rank of commander.

His many awards and decorations include the Navy's Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, U.S. Navy Astronaut Wings, the University of Colorado Recognition Medal, the Collier Trophy, the New York City Gold Medal of Honor, and more, according to his NASA biography.

John Glenn is the now the last living member of the Mercury 7.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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