Scott Carpenter Fast Facts

(CNN)Here is a look at the life of astronaut Scott Carpenter.

Death date: October 10, 2013
Birth place: Boulder, Colorado
    Father: Dr. Marion Scott Carpenter, a chemist
    Mother: Florence (Noxon) Carpenter
    Marriages: Patty (Barrett) Carpenter (1999-2013, his death); Barbara (Curtin) Carpenter (1988-?, divorced); Maria (Roach) Carpenter (1972-1986, divorced); Rene (Price) Carpenter (September 1948-1972, divorced)
    Children: with Barbara: Zachary Scott; with Maria: Matthew Scott and Nicholas Andre; with Rene: Marc Scott, Kristine Elaine, Candace Noxon, and Robyn Jay
    Education: University of Colorado, B.S. 1962
    Military: US Navy, 1949 – 1969, Commander
    Other Facts:
    Was both an astronaut and aquanaut.
    Author of two novels, “The Steel Albatross” and “Deep Flight.”
    – After high school graduation, Carpenter attends the University of Colorado – Boulder for one semester before joining a US Navy pilot training program.
    1945-1949 – Returns to the University of Colorado – Boulder and studies aeronautical engineering.
    1949 – Rejoins the Navy, leaving college with only one credit left to complete his degree.
    1951-1953 – During the Korean War, Carpenter participates in anti-submarine patrols and shipping surveillance missions in the Yellow Sea, the South China Sea, and the Formosa Straits.
    1954 – Assigned to the electronics division of the Naval Air Test Center, where he conducts experiments on a variety of airplanes.
    1958 – Assigned to the USS Hornet and serves as an air intelligence officer.
    April 9, 1959 – NASA announces the names of the Mercury 7 astronauts: Scott Carpenter, L. Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Virgil Grissom, Walter Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Donald Slayton.
    May 24, 1962 – Becomes the fourth American in space and the second American to orbit the Earth, aboard the spacecraft Aurora 7. Flight time is 4 hours and 54 minutes; Carpenter orbits the Earth three times.
    May 29, 1962 – Is awarded his bachelor’s degree, by the University of Colorado – Boulder, despite having one course left to complete.
    July 1964 – Breaks his arm in a motorcycle accident, which leads to him being eliminated from flight status.
    1965 – Participates in the US Navy’s SeaLab II project, living and working 205 feet below the surface on the floor of the Pacific Ocean for 30 days.
    1967 – Retires from NASA.
    1969 – Retires from the Navy.
    2003 – Carpenter’s memoir, “For Spacious Skies,” is released.
    October 10, 2013 – Dies at the age of 88, from complications after a recent stroke.

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