Godspeed, Scott Carpenter
October 10, 2013 2:00 PM Subscribe
Scott Carpenter has died at 88.
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As the commander of Aurora 7
in 1962, Carpenter was the second Mercury astronaut to orbit the Earth. He is best known for having wished his friend John Glenn "Godspeed
" as the latter launched into orbit.
"I volunteered for a number of reasons. One of these, quite frankly, was that I thought this was a chance for immortality
. Pioneering in space was something I would willingly give my life for." - Carpenter as excerpted in the book "We Seven
His death leaves John Glenn
as the only surviving member of the original Mercury 7
Carpenter was also known as the only astronaut who also served as an aquanaut aboard SeaLab II
. In fact, he broke the record for most time spent in the underwater laboratory by staying for 30 days.