NASA astronaut and hero Scott Carpenter has died at the age of 88.
Who is Scott Carpenter?
He was the second American to orbit the earth back in May of 1962.
John Glenn was the first a few months earlier, both men were part of the original famed Mercury 7 who were the first astronauts in space.
These guys were bigger than rock stars.
They did the grunt work for the Apollo missions that followed and would eventually land man on the moon.
Carpenter completed three orbits around the earth that lasted 4 hours, 39 minutes and 32 seconds.
But unfiorntualety his space capsule missed the landing target by over 300 km.
Walter Cronkite was reporting we ‘may have lost an astronaut’ and kept the world at bay until found floating in the Caribbean with his feet up in a raft.
NASA officials didn’t like the scare or swagger that followed as a result it was his first and last flight.
Why do I know this trivia? It was these two men my parents named me after as it all happened the year I was born.
Which my wife says, explains my lunacy.
I’m Scott Thompson.
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