Aurora 7: The Mercury Space Flight of M. Scott Carpenter by Colin Burgess

By Colin Burgess

TO A country enthralled through the heroic exploits of the Mercury astronauts, the release of Lt. Cmdr. Scott wood worker on NASA’s moment orbital area flight used to be a renewed reason for satisfaction, jubilation and social gathering. inside of hours, that pleasure had given technique to surprised disbelief and nervousness as shaken broadcasters begun getting ready the yank public for the very actual threat that an American astronaut and his spacecraft could have been misplaced at sea.

In truth, it have been a truly shut name. thoroughly out of gasoline and compelled to manually consultant Aurora 7 in the course of the scary inferno of re-entry, wood worker introduced the Mercury spacecraft right down to a secure splashdown within the ocean. In doing so, he controversially overshot the meant touchdown region. regardless of his efforts, Carpenter’s functionality at the MA-7 project used to be later derided through strong figures inside of NASA. He might by no means fly into house back.

Taking transitority depart of NASA, chippie participated within the U.S. Navy’s pioneering Sealab software. For a checklist 30 days he lived and labored aboard a pressurized habitat resting at the ground of the sea, changing into the nation’s first astronaut/aquanaut explorer.

Following broad examine performed by way of famous spaceflight historian Colin Burgess, the drama-filled flight of Aurora 7 is faithfully mentioned during this engrossing booklet, in addition to the non-public memories of Scott wood worker and people closest to the particular events.

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He had suffered some horrific injuries, as later described in his biography, For Spacious Skies. “The force of the impact had collapsed one lung. His ribs were cracked; he was bleeding internally …. His left foot was broken and mangled, his right knee sliced open and up through his quadriceps. He was bleeding profusely from face and scalp lacerations – he had, if fact, been neatly scalped. ”8 There is a popular misconception that the prominent scar on his forehead in later NASA portraits came from this incident, but he told the author that it actually resulted from another accident, many years before.

Photo: NASA) Carpenter’s daughter and biographer Kris Stoever added to her father’s comments. “The childhood connection, for my father, with Aurora and Seven is indelible and indisputable. Even more indelible for my father was the sight of celestial or other mysterious visual phenomena – he loves the numinous. It fires his considerable imagination. As it happens, this love, in addition to his 20–10 eyesight and scientific temperament, suited him ideally for observation-rich duties required in particular of the flight he was given.

I hadn’t expected anything like this. , along with NASA Public Affairs Officer, Lt. Col. John A. (“Shorty”) Powers, Dr. Hugh L. Dryden, NASA Deputy Administrator, and Dr. Charles H. Roadman, Director of Aerospace Medicine at NASA’s Office of Manned Space Flight. This followed the release the previous day of a space agency news bulletin in which it was officially announced that Slayton had been removed as pilot for the MA-7 mission. It was further announced that his place would be taken, not by his backup Wally Schirra, but by John Glenn’s backup pilot, Scott Carpenter.

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