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Chegi
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posted 01-07-2013 04:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chegi   Click Here to Email Chegi     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know why Scott Carpenter named his ship "Aurora"? It is because of soviet cruiser (unlikely ) or because aurora means in latin "red clouds", or just simply aurora. Or from completely another reason? I just want be sure, because I should write an article about Scott and I do not make any mistakes... Thanks for all your replies.

star51L
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posted 01-07-2013 05:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for star51L   Click Here to Email star51L     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not sure if it's the singular reason, but his childhood home was on Aurora Avenue in Boulder, Colorado.

mach3valkyrie
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posted 01-07-2013 05:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mach3valkyrie   Click Here to Email mach3valkyrie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Aurora was Goddess of the Dawn in mythology. I don't know if that had anything to do with the naming of the spacecraft, but it's a little more information.

Mike Dixon
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posted 01-07-2013 05:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Dixon   Click Here to Email Mike Dixon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by mach3valkyrie:
I don't know if that had anything to do with the naming of the spacecraft, but it's a little more information.

I'm certain you're right.

Ken Havekotte
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posted 01-07-2013 05:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Carpenter said he selected Aurora 7, the 18th Mercury spacecraft production number, "Because I think of Project Mercury and the open manner in which we are conducting it for the benefit of all as a light in the sky."

Aurora also means dawn, in this case, "dawn of a new age and the 7, of course, stands for the original seven astronauts," reported Carpenter in early 1962.

The fourth American in space confided that he grew up on the corner of Aurora and 7th in Boulder, CO, as well.

Lou Chinal
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posted 01-10-2013 06:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lou Chinal   Click Here to Email Lou Chinal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe he was also fascinated with the northern lights or sometimes called the aurora borealis.

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