Life is short, break the rules. Forgive quickly, kiss slowly. Love truly, laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that makes you smile. - Samuel Longhorne Clemens (Mark Twain)

Friday, October 11, 2013

Scott Carpenter Mercury 7 Astronaut

Scott Carpenter

And another astronaut passes into history. Scott Carpenter was one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts in the US space program. His passing leaves only a single member of that group still with us; John Glenn at 92. Carpenter was the 4th American into space and the 2nd to orbit the Earth. Especially poignant for me as he is from my adopted hometown of Boulder CO, where you will find the Aurora 7 elementary school named after his spacecraft as well as Scott Carpenter park with a space themed playground (I should check and see if the playground is still there, it has been a while). In addition to that little connection by uncle was part of the team at Cape Canaveral (later renamed to Cape Kennedy, put really known as just the Cape to most of us) that launched the Mercury missions into space.
Aurora 7 Launch


  1. A true hero to me as well. And yes, Scott Carpenter Park is still there. Patrick has played there many times.

    1. Good to know. I know that there was contraversy when the wanted to remodel the elementary school, I think they managed to keep a wall of the original building.