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Scott Carpenter, astronaut-aquanaut, dies, was second American in orbit
[i]Godspeed, Scott Carpenter.
The United States' fourth astronaut to fly in space and the second to orbit the Earth, Carpenter, 88, died Thursday (Oct. 10) after suffering a recent stroke.
The original Mercury 7 astronaut was being cared for at a hospice center in Denver when he passed. Carpenter was initially expected to make a full recovery from the stroke, but his condition worsened this week, sources close to his family shared.
Chosen in 1959 among NASA's first astronauts, Carpenter made his first and only spaceflight on May 24, 1962, when he became the sixth man worldwide to leave the planet.[/i]
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