Scott Carpenter

Test Pilot + One of the Original Seven American Project Mercury Astronauts

Malcolm Scott Carpenter is an American test pilot, astronaut and aquanaut. He is best known as one of the original seven astronauts selected for NASA's Project Mercury in April 1959. Carpenter was the second American to orbit the Earth and the fourth American in space, following Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom and John Glenn. Carpenter and Glenn are the last living members of the Mercury Seven.… Read More

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1925 Birth Born on May 1, 1925.
1927 2 Years Old In the summer of 1927, Scott returned to Boulder with his mother, then ill with tuberculosis.


1943 18 Years Old He was raised by his maternal grandparents in the family home at the corner of Aurora Avenue and Seventh Street, until his graduation from Boulder High School in 1943. … Read More


1945 - 1948 2 More Events
1949 24 Years Old On the eve of the Korean War, Carpenter was recruited by the United States Navy's Direct Procurement Program (DPP), and reported to Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida in the fall of 1949 for pre-flight and primary flight training.
1951 26 Years Old He earned his aviator wings on April 19, 1951, in Corpus Christi, Texas. … Read More
1954 29 Years Old Carpenter was then appointed to the United States Naval Test Pilot School, class 13, at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in 1954.


1957 32 Years Old He continued at Patuxent until 1957, working as a test pilot in the Electronics Test Division; his next tour of duty was spent in Monterey, California, at the Navy Line School.
1958 33 Years Old In 1958, Carpenter was named Air Intelligence Officer for the USS Hornet.
1959 34 Years Old 1 More Event
After being chosen for Project Mercury in 1959, Carpenter served as backup pilot for John Glenn, who flew the first U.S. orbital mission aboard Friendship 7 in February 1962. … Read More
1962 37 Years Old He flew into space on May 24, 1962, atop the Mercury-Atlas 7 rocket for a three-orbit science mission that lasted nearly five hours. … Read More
1963 38 Years Old Carpenter never flew another mission in space. After taking a leave of absence from the astronaut corps in the fall of 1963 to train for and participate in the Navy's SEALAB program, Carpenter sustained a medically grounding injury to his left arm in a motorbike accident. … Read More
1964 39 Years Old In July 1964 in Bermuda, Carpenter sustained a grounding injury from a motorbike accident while on leave from NASA to train for the Navy's SEALAB project.


1965 40 Years Old In 1965, for SEALAB II, he spent 28 days living on the ocean floor off the coast of California. … Read More
1967 42 Years Old 1 More Event
He resigned from NASA in August 1967.
1969 44 Years Old Carpenter retired from the Navy in 1969, after which he founded Sea Sciences, Inc., a corporation for developing programs for utilizing ocean resources and improving environmental health.
1972 47 Years Old In 1972, he married Maria Roach, daughter of film producer Hal Roach.


1988 63 Years Old He married Barbara Curtin in 1988. … Read More
1997 72 Years Old The Scott Carpenter Space Analog Station was placed on the ocean floor in 1997 and 1998. … Read More
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