11 October 2013
Legendary Mercury astronaut, and American pioneer, Scott Carpenter, the second American to orbit the Earth, has passed away at the age of 88, leaving John Glenn as the only Mercury 7 astronaut still alive today. Along with Glenn, who flew three months before him, Carpenter was one of the last two survivors of the original Mercury 7 astronauts. He lived in Vail, CO, until a few weeks ago, when he suffered a stroke.  AIAA President Mike Griffin said, “We mourn the passing of Scott Carpenter, a true American hero, a space pioneer who risked his life to advance our nation's understanding of space flight in its very earliest days.  His efforts, and those of the other Mercury astronauts, paved the way for the later triumphs of the American space program.  His bravery, boldness, and vision will echo down through the years as an inspiration to those who seek to further humanity's progess in space.”  (Image Credit: NASA)
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