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(Washington Post)   America's second man in space has died. "Satisfying curiosity was No. 2," said Scott Carpenter, "to conquering a fear"   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 89
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2013-10-10 06:47:12 PM
Fair winds and following seas, American Hero. You strapped yourself to a gigantic firework built by the lowest bidder for the Government, and hurled yourself into the void.

I don't understand how you reached orbit with those gigantic brass balls you had in that capsule.

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2013-10-10 06:50:01 PM
Sometimes confronting a fear can make you go No. 2.
 
2013-10-10 06:50:12 PM
 
2013-10-10 06:50:20 PM
He was born in my home town and after his flight they build a space themed park/playground in his honor. Said park was always my favorite and helped spark my interest in spaceflight. Rest in peace sir, you've earned it many times over.
 
2013-10-10 06:50:40 PM
"At no time, when the astronauts were in space were they alone: there was a constant surveillance by UFOs."

~Scott Carpenter

/RIP
//NASA employees today don't have the balls to speak out
 
2013-10-10 06:52:48 PM
I know, article says 2nd to orbit I'm talking about the headline here bite me
 
2013-10-10 06:53:09 PM
Talking to a suddenly solemn nation, CBS newsman Walter Cronkite said,

"We may have ... lost an astronaut."
 
2013-10-10 06:53:18 PM

hardinparamedic: Fair winds and following seas, American Hero. You strapped yourself to a gigantic firework built by the lowest bidder for the Government, and hurled yourself into the void.

I don't understand how you reached orbit with those gigantic brass balls you had in that capsule.

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This.
 
2013-10-10 06:53:34 PM
RIP. I'm ashamed to say I've never heard of this guy.
 
2013-10-10 06:54:31 PM
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That's what this man orbited in.

I've seen kit aircraft with better avionics panels.
 
2013-10-10 06:57:20 PM
Thanks, Obama!
 
2013-10-10 06:57:46 PM
Fourth American in space. I mean, much respect for the man, but let's have a little accuracy, mmmkay?
 
2013-10-10 06:58:54 PM

James10952001: RIP. I'm ashamed to say I've never heard of this guy.


Hey, not a problem. Go read up on the dude :)
 
2013-10-10 06:59:48 PM
I satisfied a curiosity about No. 2 but now I wish I hadn't.
 
2013-10-10 07:00:37 PM
God speed, Scott Carpenter

/RIP childhood hero
 
2013-10-10 07:01:35 PM
Good night, funnyman.
 
2013-10-10 07:05:27 PM
Headline off.


/still respect to the man
 
2013-10-10 07:05:55 PM
May your spirit join the cosmos and become a star, sir.
 
2013-10-10 07:06:54 PM
shiat. This is depressing though not unexpected. There is exactly one Mercury 7 astronaut left, John Glenn.

Godspeed, Scott. Say hi to Gus for us all.
 
2013-10-10 07:16:44 PM

Abox: Sometimes confronting a fear can make you go No. 2.


'Satisfying curiosity was No. 2,'' said Scott Carpenter, "to conquering a fear.''

The headline makes more sense all the time.

I didn't know about his missed landing. Fascinating. Too bad America has dropped all pretense of being a leader in manned space flight.
 
2013-10-10 07:19:14 PM
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Godspeed, Alan.
 
2013-10-10 07:19:31 PM
Who? No one remembers second place
 
2013-10-10 07:27:29 PM
Seriously? Is this the same stupid Subby as last time? Second man in orbit Subby. 6th man in space overall, 4th American in space, 2nd American in orbit.
 
2013-10-10 07:28:36 PM
What saddens me is how many people don't know who this man was, and how many know who Mylie Cyrus is.
 
2013-10-10 07:30:22 PM

Contrabulous Flabtraption: Who? No one remembers second place


If no one remembers number 2, are we talking about him?
 
2013-10-10 07:30:40 PM
Some people called him "The Space Cowboy"
 
2013-10-10 07:30:40 PM

Contrabulous Flabtraption: Who? No one remembers second place


At NASA the second person to do something was always the more interesting person.  Scott Carpenter, Pete Conrad etc.

/Conrad's personal motto: If you can't be good, be colorful.
 
2013-10-10 07:34:04 PM
So John Glenn is the last of the Mercury Seven still alive?
 
2013-10-10 07:38:48 PM
Right Stuff.
 
2013-10-10 07:42:07 PM
 
2013-10-10 07:42:28 PM
Scott Carpenter, something something man in space!!1!

/Conquering fear is a good thing.
/Your little cephalopod of a brain inside your skull, awash in the sea of chemicals you provide it, wants to play in smooth seas. Don't listen to the octopus in your head. Oh sure, it'll change colors and wiggle its nerve endings in protest but in the end it will thank you for the new vistas you take it to
/I gotta lay off the weed
 
2013-10-10 07:42:54 PM

Mad Scientist: So John Glenn is the last of the Mercury Seven still alive?


He's a lot taller than I thought he'd be.

I met him at the airport in Columbus.  He's cool about meeting fans.

His wife... not so much, at least when some of them are pretty young 20-somethings.

//I am not however, a pretty young 20 something.
 
2013-10-10 07:43:10 PM
Yeah, he was brave but he kind of farked up his flight. NASA never let him fly again. Still a ballsy dude. RIP
 
2013-10-10 07:44:13 PM

hardinparamedic: I've seen kit aircraft with better avionics panels.


Doubt it, those are Torbal switches.
 
2013-10-10 07:46:12 PM

BigGrnEggGriller: Yeah, he was brave but he kind of farked up his flight. NASA never let him fly again. Still a ballsy dude. RIP


I thought it was Grissom who had issues.
 
2013-10-10 07:46:33 PM

hardinparamedic: [farm8.staticflickr.com image 850x566]
That's what this man orbited in.

I've seen kit aircraft with better avionics panels.




I just looked it up and realized that his Mercury capsule is at the Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago and that I've seen it many times. It's freaking tiny. I also just realized their Apollo capsule is Apollo 8, first manned spacecraft to orbit the Moon, which IMHO is a really big deal that doesn't get enough credit.
 
2013-10-10 07:49:41 PM
My Dad knew him, back when he was a kid. I guess Carpenter was the "wild one," Cooper was the "boy scout," and Glenn was the "leader."
 
2013-10-10 07:50:19 PM
You'll be missed. Soar high with the angels up there for us.

/Gotta dig out the Right Stuff DVD
 
2013-10-10 07:51:08 PM
an underappreciated man and fantastic test pilot.  RIP American hero.
 
2013-10-10 07:52:02 PM

Bslim: BigGrnEggGriller: Yeah, he was brave but he kind of farked up his flight. NASA never let him fly again. Still a ballsy dude. RIP

I thought it was Grissom who had issues.


Grissom almost drown exiting his capsule after the hatch blew. Some say he panicked and blew the door. Grissom always said it blew on its own.


Carpenter almost used up all his fuel farking around. Wouldn't listen to commands or questions from Mission Control. Pissed Chris Kraft off real bad.
 
2013-10-10 07:55:54 PM
Goodnight, Commander Carpenter.

Sorry we collectively dropped the ball.
 
2013-10-10 07:57:50 PM

BigGrnEggGriller: Grissom almost drown exiting his capsule after the hatch blew. Some say he panicked and blew the door. Grissom always said it blew on its own.


One of the other astronauts demonstrated that you couldn't blow the hatch without ending up with a giant bruise on your hand. Grissom had no such bruise.
 
2013-10-10 08:01:56 PM
second man in space != second main in orbit, subby.
 
2013-10-10 08:06:45 PM
Godspeed, brave wanderer, and good rest.
 
2013-10-10 08:18:13 PM

Contrabulous Flabtraption: Who? No one remembers second place


So who is more familiar to you, Yuri Gagarin, or John Glenn?
 
2013-10-10 08:19:45 PM
May the wind always be at your back; may the sun shine warm on your face.
 
2013-10-10 08:24:37 PM
This guy was able to go into space, and was one of the few early ones.  I would love to experience half of the time in space that he did in my life.

/always been fascinated with space and astrophysics, not smart enough to calculate it but love the non-math discussion of all things related to space
 
2013-10-10 08:28:46 PM

Man On Pink Corner: Goodnight, Commander Carpenter.

Sorry we collectively dropped the ball.


Indeed, I can't imagine what they thought the past few years seeing our collective heart, will & balls just vanish.  I still can't believe it.

Godspeed Commander Carpenter, buy Gordo & the others a beer from me will ya?
 
Biv
2013-10-10 08:29:51 PM
"Your loved ones were daring and brave, and they had that special grace, that special spirit that says, "give me a challenge and I'll meet it with joy." -Ronald Reagan.
 
2013-10-10 08:36:52 PM

BigGrnEggGriller: Bslim: BigGrnEggGriller: Yeah, he was brave but he kind of farked up his flight. NASA never let him fly again. Still a ballsy dude. RIP

I thought it was Grissom who had issues.

Grissom almost drown exiting his capsule after the hatch blew. Some say he panicked and blew the door. Grissom always said it blew on its own.


Carpenter almost used up all his fuel farking around. Wouldn't listen to commands or questions from Mission Control. Pissed Chris Kraft off real bad.


NASA exonerated Grissom 3 weeks after his mission, as there was no way Grissom could have hit that switch without sustaining a large bruise. If he'd really been the screwup as he was portrayed in the movie, they would never have given him command of Gemini 3 & Apollo 1. Kraft & Slayton both said had he lived.he would've been the first man on the moon.

Kraft said of Carpenter: "That son of a biatch will never fly for me again"..
 
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