Aurora 7: The Mercury Space Flight of M. Scott Carpenter by Colin Burgess

By Colin Burgess

TO A kingdom enthralled by way of the heroic exploits of the Mercury astronauts, the release of Lt. Cmdr. Scott wood worker on NASA’s moment orbital house flight was once a renewed reason for delight, jubilation and party. inside of hours, that pleasure had given method to surprised disbelief and nervousness as shaken broadcasters begun getting ready the yankee public for the very genuine danger that an American astronaut and his spacecraft could have been misplaced at sea.

In truth, it were a truly shut name. thoroughly out of gas and compelled to manually advisor Aurora 7 in the course of the scary inferno of re-entry, wood worker introduced the Mercury spacecraft all the way down to a secure splashdown within the ocean. In doing so, he controversially overshot the meant touchdown area. regardless of his efforts, Carpenter’s functionality at the MA-7 undertaking was once later derided by way of robust figures inside of NASA. He might by no means fly into area back.

Taking transitority go away of NASA, chippie participated within the U.S. Navy’s pioneering Sealab application. For a list 30 days he lived and labored aboard a pressurized habitat resting at the flooring of the sea, changing into the nation’s first astronaut/aquanaut explorer.

Following large study carried out via famous spaceflight historian Colin Burgess, the drama-filled flight of Aurora 7 is faithfully stated during this engrossing booklet, besides the non-public memories of Scott chippie and people closest to the particular events.

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Ed Buckbee with Wally Schirra, The Real Space Cowboys, Apogee Books, Ontario, Canada, 2005, pg. 14 7. Scott Carpenter telephone interview with Colin Burgess, 18 December 2002 8. Scott Carpenter interview with Michelle Kelly, JSC Oral History program, Houston, Texas, 30 March 1998 9. com/science/2013/nov/21/gus-grissom-apollo-1-astronautjohn-glenn-letter-nasa 10. Scott Carpenter interview with Michelle Kelly, JSC Oral History program, Houston, Texas, 30 March 1998 11. Francis French interview/article with Wally Schirra, “I worked with NASA, not for NASA,” 22 February 2002.

He was my role model, my father figure and the most influential adult male in my entire life,” Carpenter told interviewer Woody Paige. “He was a great man. I had no father at that time; he was gone. My parents were split, so I didn’t have a father at home. But I lived with my grandfather, and I think of him as the best father figure anybody could ever want. I was lucky. ”2 Meanwhile Scott’s mother had become so ill with tuberculosis that she needed constant care, and in early 1931 she was signed into a nearby health sanatorium.

Photo: Carnegie Branch Library for Local History) In May 1954, Carpenter was promoted to full lieutenant. That was not the only welcome news he received; squadron commander Guy Howard said he was recommending him for Test Pilot School. His appointment to the school was later confirmed, and Scott Carpenter was ready to enter a whole new phase in his life, finally fulfilling his boyhood dream of flying the fastest, newest and sleekest airplanes in the world. On the home front, Rene also confirmed that they were having another baby.

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