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EXPLORING SPACE - FOR ALL MANKIND-----------------------------------------This blog is to proliferate space travel and exploration to people the world over, in an attempt to inspire a sense of awe and wonder into mankind's greatest accomplishment - the exploration of the stars.---Former NASA History Facebook and Twitter content creator.----------------------Passionate about spaceflight since the age of two, I live and breath rockets, NASA, and anything space. I also enjoy Florida History and World's Fairs. I'm an avid explorer, and I'll occasionally post images from my travels.--------------21 - DC/VA/FL

Scott Carpenter, second American to orbit the earth, died earlier today, October 10, 2013. Carpenter was selected by NASA on April 9, 1959, as a part of NASA’s first Astronaut class, the Mercury 7. He became the second American to orbit the earth on May 24, 1962, on an almost five-hour flight. His spacecraft, Aurora 7, is on display at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.

Upon taking a leave of absence from NASA following his flight, Carpenter led a team of 20 men on a 30-day expedition to the seafloor in the Navy’s SEALAB II experiment. 

Carpenter was 88 years old.

The images show Carpenter, his MA-7 flight, and him in front of the SEALAB II habitat. In the last image, he is second from the left in the bottom row.

I met Carpenter as a little boy back in 2002. I have a photo with him him my office. He was very kind from what I remembered.

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