Scott Carpenter
Test pilot, one of the original seven American Project Mercury astronauts
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10 October 2013
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A Salute to SeaLab
Huffington Post - 11 months
Image Credit: Naval History & Heritage Command ( In order to keep up with the rapidly expanding world of ocean technology, I am a regular reader of Ocean News and Technology, an industry magazine, the editorial of which runs a full spectrum of ocean interests and innovations, of course emphasizing offshore applications for oil platforms, pipelines, and services, but also wind and tidal energy, research and exploration, the newest observation and data collection technologies, and even maritime history and underwater archaeology. An interesting feature in the January 2016 issue discussed the story of SeaLab, a program now celebrating a 50th anniversary of the first of three experiments in aquatic living as part of the US Navy's Man-in-the-Sea initiative to understand how humans can best survive in exacting underwater conditions. The three SeaLabs pioneered living and working under the immense challenge of pressure and changing conditions, and contribute ...
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Censored Part 2  --  The Value of Giving Offense
Huffington Post - 11 months
Censored Part 2 -- The value of giving offense This post originally appeared on Medium and is part of a new series from Google Ideas. Google Ideas traveled to the Oslo Freedom Forum to meet with a diverse group of policy makers, artists, journalists, writers, entrepreneurs, activists, hackers, and diplomats. This is the second of a series of conversations with some of the world's most prominent experts on the global fight for free expression, and the role that technology plays on both sides of the struggle. Listen carefully the next time you hear someone on television talking about how "offensive" a comment or column or cartoon is, and you might be surprised how often you find yourself listening to someone attempting to curtail the right to free speech. It never seems quite so sinister when the person says so, but then again that's partly the point. The right to give offense  --  which in some cases also means the obligation to take offense  --  is important precisely bec ...
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Mercury Astronaut Scott Carpenter Remembered at Colorado Funeral
Yahoo News - about 3 years
The second American astronaut to orbit the Earth was remembered by family and friends at a funeral service in his Colorado hometown. On Saturday (Nov. 2), a private family funeral was followed by a public memorial held at St. John's Episcopal Church in Boulder. "It's fitting we say goodbye to Scott in Boulder," said Tom Stoever, Carpenter's son-in-law, as reported by The Daily Camera newspaper. John Glenn, who preceded Carpenter into orbit by several months in 1962, delivered a eulogy for his fellow Mercury astronaut.
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Colo. funeral set for astronaut Carpenter
Yahoo News - about 3 years
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Astronaut Scott Carpenter is being remembered by friends, family members and dignitaries at a funeral service in Colorado on Saturday.
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Scott Carpenter Fast Facts
CNN - about 3 years
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Epic Playgrounds: How One Dad Is Reinventing Where America Plays
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Do you remember the playground you used to go to as a kid? Mine was at Abbey Lane elementary school in Levittown, New York. It was a massive wooden castle, complete with tiny hidden rooms throughout, a tire moat you could crawl through, and all sorts of twisty slides and bouncing bridges. I loved that playground. I wanted my parents to take me there all the time. A modern-day adventure playground in Hackney, London (photo courtesy Now I take my daughter to banal plastic structures that pale in comparison. So what happened in the years it took me to become an adult? Billy Jensen has a theory: we got scared. Back in the '60s, our playground crafters took a cue from Europe's and designed spaces unafraid to venture beyond the traditional four S's: slide, seesaw, swing, and sandbox. We had giant rocket ships, hinged robots, fabulous circus wagons, and more -- with all sorts of frills and thrills. But they were too high. And too rough. Kids fell and broke bones. ...
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Scott Carpenter Fast Facts
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Video: Remembering space pioneer Scott Carpenter, dead at 88
CBS News - about 3 years
Scott Carpenter, one of America's first astronauts, who served as a backup pilot for John Glenn, and then later became an underwater ocean explorer, died in Denver at the age of 88. Charlie Rose reports.
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Scott Carpenter, 2nd US astronaut in orbit, dies
Yahoo News - about 3 years
DENVER (AP) — Scott Carpenter, the second American to orbit the Earth, was guided by two instincts: overcoming fear and quenching his insatiable curiosity. He pioneered his way into the heights of space and the depths of the ocean floor.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Scott Carpenter
Born May 1, 1925, in Boulder, Colorado, Carpenter moved to New York City with his parents Marion Scott Carpenter and Florence Kelso Carpenter (1900–1962) for the first two years of his life.
His father had been awarded a postdoctoral research post at Columbia University.
In the summer of 1927, Scott returned to Boulder with his mother, then ill with tuberculosis.
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.
It was claimed that Carpenter named his spacecraft "Aurora 7" after Aurora Avenue, but he denied this. He was a Boy Scout and earned the rank of Second Class Scout. Upon graduation, he was accepted into the V-12 Navy College Training Program as an aviation cadet (V-12a) at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. After a year there, he spent six months in training at St. Mary's Preflight School, Moraga, California, and four months in primary flight training at Ottumwa, Iowa. World War II ended before he was able to finish training and receive an overseas assignment, so the Navy released him from active duty.
He returned to Boulder in November 1945 to study Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
While at Colorado he joined Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity. At the end of his senior year, he missed the final examination in heat transfer, leaving him one requirement short of a degree. After his Mercury flight, the university granted him a Bachelor of Science degree on grounds that, "His subsequent training as an Astronaut has more than made up for the deficiency in the subject of heat transfer."
Carpenter married his first wife Rene Louise Price (born 1928) in 1948.
They had four children: Marc Scott (deceased), Kristen Elaine, Candace Noxon, and Robyn Jay.
On the eve of the Korean War, Carpenter was recruited by the United States Navy's Direct Procurement Program (DPP). He reported to Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida in the fall of 1949 for pre-flight and primary flight training.
He earned his aviator wings on April 19, 1951, in Corpus Christi, Texas.
He spent three months in the Fleet Airborne Electronics Training School, San Diego, California, and was in a Lockheed P2V transitional training unit at Whidbey Island, Washington, until October 1951.
In November 1951, he was assigned to Patrol Squadron 6 based at Barbers Point, Hawaii.
During his first tour of duty, on his first deployment, Carpenter flew Lockheed P2V Neptunes for Patrol Squadron Six (VP-6) on reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missions during the Korean War. Forward-based in Adak, Alaska, Carpenter then flew surveillance missions along the Soviet and Chinese coasts during his second deployment; designated as PPC (patrol plane commander) for his third deployment, LTJG Carpenter was based with his squadron in Guam.
Carpenter was then appointed to the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, class 13, at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in 1954.
He continued at Patuxent until 1957, working as a test pilot in the Electronics Test Division; in this assignment Carpenter conducted flight test projects in a variety of Navy airplanes, including multi- and single-engine jet aircraft and propeller-driven fighters, attack planes, patrol bombers and seaplanes.
In his next tour of duty was spent in Monterey, California, at the Navy Line School.
After attending the Naval Air Intelligence School, Washington D.C., for an additional eight months in 1957 and 1958, Carpenter was named Air Intelligence Officer for.
He was one of the original seven astronauts selected for NASA's Project Mercury in April 1959.
Carpenter was the second American (after John Glenn) to orbit the Earth and the fourth American in space, following Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, and John Glenn.
After being chosen for Project Mercury in 1959, Carpenter, along with the other six astronauts, oversaw the development of the Mercury capsule.
He served as backup pilot for John Glenn, who flew the first U.S. orbital mission aboard Friendship 7 in February 1962.
Carpenter, serving as capsule communicator on this flight, can be heard saying "Godspeed, John Glenn" on the recording of Glenn's liftoff. When Deke Slayton was withdrawn on medical grounds from Project Mercury's second manned orbital flight (which Slayton would have named Delta 7), Carpenter was assigned to replace him.
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.
His Aurora 7 spacecraft attained a maximum altitude of and an orbital velocity of. Carpenter performed five onboard experiments per the flight plan, and became the first American astronaut to eat solid food in space. He also identified the mysterious "fireflies" observed by Glenn during Friendship 7 as particles of frozen liquid loosened from the outside of the spacecraft, which he could produce by rapping on the wall near the window. He renamed them "frostflies". Carpenter's performance in space was the subject of criticism and controversy. While one source has Christopher C. Kraft, Jr., directing the flight from Cape Canaveral, considering Carpenter's "mission the most successful to date; everything had gone perfectly except for some overexpenditure of fuel." The New York Times reported in its obituary for Carpenter that Kraft was angry because Carpenter was not paying attention to his instruments and ignoring instructions from Mission Control. Kraft opposed Carpenter's assignment to future space missions.
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.
After failing to regain mobility in his arm after two surgical interventions (in 1964 and 1967), Carpenter was ruled ineligible for spaceflight.
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.
In 1965, for SEALAB II, he spent 28 days living on the ocean floor off the coast of California.
During the SEALAB II mission, Carpenter's right index finger was wounded by the toxic spines of a scorpion fish.
He resigned from NASA in August 1967.
He spent the last part of his NASA career developing underwater training to help astronauts with future spacewalks.
He returned to work at NASA as Executive Assistant to the Director of the Manned Spacecraft Center, then returned to the Navy's Deep Submergence Systems Project in 1967, based in Bethesda, Maryland, as a Director of Aquanaut Operations for SEALAB III.
In the aftermath of aquanaut Berry L. Cannon's death while attempting to repair a leak in SEALAB III, Carpenter volunteered to dive down to SEALAB and help return it to the surface, although SEALAB was ultimately salvaged in a less hazardous way. Carpenter retired from the Navy as Commander in 1969, after which he founded Sea Sciences, Inc., a corporation for developing programs for utilizing ocean resources and improving environmental health. Carpenter was married four times, divorced three times, and had a total of seven children by three wives.
By 1968, Carpenter and his wife had separated, with him living in California and Rene Carpenter having moved with their children to Washington, D.C. The Carpenters divorced in 1972.
In 1972, Carpenter married his second wife Maria Roach, daughter of film producer Hal Roach.
Together, they had two children: Matthew Scott and Nicholas Andre, who would later become a filmmaker.
In 1988, Carpenter married his third wife, Barbara Curtin.
Their marriage produced a son, Zachary Scott, when Carpenter was in his 60s. The marriage ended in divorce a few years later.
In 1999, Carpenter married his fourth wife Patty Barrett, when he was 74.
They resided in Vail, Colorado.
In September 2013, Carpenter suffered a stroke and, after hospitalization, was admitted to the Denver Hospice Inpatient Care Center.
His death on October 10, 2013 left Glenn as the last surviving Mercury 7 member.
He died on October 10, 2013 at the age of 88.
Carpenter was survived by his wife at the time of his death, six children, a granddaughter, and five step-grandchildren. Carpenter received: In 1962, Boulder community leaders dedicated Scott Carpenter Park and Pool in honor of native son turned Mercury astronaut. The Aurora 7 Elementary School, also in Boulder, was named for Carpenter's spacecraft. Scott Carpenter Middle School in Westminster, Colorado, was named in his honor, as was M. Scott Carpenter Elementary School in Old Bridge, New Jersey. The Scott Carpenter Space Analog Station was placed on the ocean floor in 1997 and 1998. It was named in honor of his SEALAB work in the 1960s. Speaking from the blockhouse at the launch of Friendship 7, Carpenter, John Glenn's backup pilot, said "Godspeed, John Glenn," as Glenn's vehicle rose off the launch pad to begin his first U.S. orbital mission on February 20, 1962. This quote was included in the voiceovers of the teaser trailer for the 2009 Star Trek film. The audio phrase is used in Kenny G's "Auld Lang Syne" (The Millennium Mix). It is also used as a part of an audio introduction for the Ian Brown song "My Star".
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