Portrait of Scott Carpenter
Scott Carpenter was an American astronaut who was born on
May 1, 1925 in Colorado.
Before he became an astronaut, he served as a Navy pilot. He has flown over
Carpenter became an astronaut in 1959. He was one of the first astronauts in
the space program. He made only one
flight into space.
In 1962, Carpenter flew solo into space aboard Aurora 7. This was the second
American flight into space.
He made three orbits
of the Earth in 4 hours and 56 minutes. Carpenter's mission was to prove that
an astronaut could work in space.
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