Monday, May 1, 2017
Mercury Program Astronaut Scott Carpenter born 1925
Malcolm Scott Carpenter, born in Boulder, Colorado May 1, 1925, was one of seven original astronauts chosen for NASA's Project Mercury program in 1959. He became the 4th American in space and the 2nd to orbit Earth, after John Glenn and the first to eat solid food in space.
This was his only flight as he received an injury from a motorcycle accident in 1963, which grounded him. He was hospitalized in September 2013 after a stroke and passed away October 10, 2013 in Denver.