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Home > October 2013 > In Remembrance: Scott Carpenter, Mercury Astronaut Picked Up by Intrepid
In Remembrance: Scott Carpenter, Mercury Astronaut Picked Up by Intrepid
Posted: 10/10/2013 5:24:07 PM

Scott Carpenter, aboard Intrepid, on May 24, 1962. Photo courtesy of former crew member Jack Wilson.

Astronaut Scott Carpenter passed away on October 10, 2013, at the age of 88. Commissioned in the U.S. Navy in 1949, Carpenter became a NASA astronaut in 1959 and retired from the Navy in 1969. He was one of the original seven Mercury Astronauts.

On May 24, 1962, after Carpenter orbited the earth three times in his Aurora 7 spacecraft, Intrepid served as a primary recovery vessel for his mission. Helicopters from the ship picked up Carpenter in the Atlantic Ocean. Carpenter visited the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum last year, on the mission’s 50th anniversary.
Scott Carpenter visits the Intrepid Museum.

“Scott Carpenter was a true American Hero and an inspiration to generations of Americans who dreamed about going to space,” said Intrepid Museum President Susan Marenoff-Zausner. “We are forever humbled by his love for Intrepid, which was frequently on display, rooted from the day his space capsule was plucked from the Atlantic by the crew of the ‘Fighting I,’ to most recently when he came to the Museum to speak with school children on the anniversary of his historic Mercury 7 flight. We are keeping Scott’s entire family in our thoughts, knowing that his spirit will always fly beyond the stars.”

The flags at the Intrepid Museum will be flown at half-mast to honor Carpenter and the lights on Intrepid’s Flight Deck will be dimmed.