Second American to Orbit Earth Dies

Published 10/10 2013 03:32PM

Updated 10/10 2013 03:35PM

Astronaut Scott Carpenter smiles for the camera during preparations for his spaceflight in 1962.
Astronaut Scott Carpenter smiles for the camera during preparations for his spaceflight in 1962.
Scott Carpenter, the fourth U.S. astronaut to fly in space and the second to orbit the Earth, died Thursday at a Denver hospice.

Carpenter’s wife, Patty, confirmed his death to Fox News. Carpenter, 88, reportedly had recently suffered a stroke.

He was chosen in 1959 to be one of NASA’s first astronauts and flew on his one and only space mission on May 24, 1962, circling the Earth three times while conducting scientific experiments.

See the original report: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/10/10/astronaut-scott-carpenter-second-american-to-orbit-earth-dies-at-88/

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