BREAKING: Scott Carpenter, 4th American in space & Mercury astronaut who wished ‘godspeed’ to John Glenn, dies at 88, sources tell NBC News
Carpenter was one of the original seven Mercury astronauts, along with L. Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Virgil Grissom, Walter Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Donald Slayton. Glenn is the last survivor of the group.
In 1962, Carpenter was the fourth American in space and the second American to orbit the Earth, aboard the spacecraft Aurora 7. He orbited the Earth three times.
He suffered a stroke in September and was in hospice care in his Denver home.