Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 12th 2013 Contents DENVER---Scott Carpenter con-
quered the heights of space, the depths
of the ocean, and the darkness of fear.
And in doing so he became the second
American to orbit the Earth, powered
by not just a rocket but an insatiable
"Conquering of fear is one of life s
greatest pleasures and it can be done
a lot of different places," he said. His
wife, Patty Barrett, said Carpenter died
Thursday in a Denver hospice of com-
plications from a September stroke.
Carpenter, who lived in Vail, Colorado,
was 88. Carpenter followed John Glenn
into orbit, and it was Carpenter who
gave him the historic send-off, "God-
speed John Glenn."
The two were the last survivors of
the famed original Mercury 7 astronauts
from the "Right Stuff" days of the early
1960s. Glenn is the only one left alive.
Yesterday, Glenn echoed his lifelong
pal s words in biding him goodbye.
"Godspeed, Scott Carpenter---Great
Friend," Glenn said in a statement issued
by his spokesman.
He added: "You are missed."
Glenn said Carpenter s 1962 send-
off "meant a lot to me at the time and
since, because I knew they were spoken
from the heart, from our friendship
and his concern for me and our mis-
In his only flight, Carpenter missed
his landing by 288 miles (463 kilome-
tres), leaving a nation on edge for an
hour as it watched live and putting
Carpenter on the outs with his NASA
bosses. So Carpenter found a new place
to explore: the ocean floor.
He was the only person who was
both an astronaut and an aquanaut,
exploring the old ocean and what Pres-
ident John F Kennedy called "the new
"History books will remember him
as an explorer of the heavens and the
seas," Glenn said.
NASA administrator Charles Bolden
said Carpenter "was in the vanguard
of our space programme---the pioneers
who set the tone for our nation s pio-
neering efforts beyond Earth and
accomplished so much for our nation.
... We will miss his passion, his talent
and his lifelong commitment to explo-
Life was an adventure for Carpenter
and he said it should be for others:
"Every child has got to seek his own
destiny. All I can say is that I have had
a great time seeking my own."
The launch into space was nerve-
racking for the navy pilot on the morn-
ing of May 24, 1962.
His four hours, 39 minutes and 32
seconds of weightlessness in space were
thing that ever happened to me,"
Carpenter told a NASA historian.
"The zero-g sensation and the visual
sensation of spaceflight are transcending
experiences and I wish everybody could
His trip led to many discoveries about
spacecraft navigation and space itself,
such as that space offers almost no
resistance, which he found out by trail-
ing a balloon. Carpenter said astronauts
in the Mercury programme found most
of their motivation in the space race
with the Russians.
When he completed his orbit of the
Earth, he said he thought: "Hooray,
we re tied with the Soviets," who had
completed two manned orbits at that
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PORT OF SPAIN
In this August 1962 file
photo, astronaut Scott
Carpenter has his space
suit adjusted by a
technician in Cape
Carpenter, the second
American to orbit the
Earth and one of the last
Mercury 7 astronauts,
died on Thursday at age
88. AP PHOTO
2nd astronaut in
orbit for US dies
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