For spacious skies: the uncommon journey of a Mercury astronaut

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Harcourt, Jan 1, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 370 pages
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Coming from a family of early Colorado pioneers, astronaut Scott Carpenter grew up with a vibrant frontier tradition of exploration. He went on to become one of seven Project Mercury astronauts to take part in America's burgeoning space program in the 1960s. Here he writes of the pioneering science, training, and biomedicine of early space flight and tells the heart-stopping tale of his famous spaceflight aboard Aurora 7. Carpenter also shares a family story of tenderness and fortitude. Raised by his grandparents in Boulder, Colorado, while his mother lay sick for years with tuberculosis, Carpenter witnessed bravery, love, sacrifice, and endurance that prepared him for life as a Navy pilot during two wars, service to country as a Mercury astronaut, and finally as a pioneering underwater explorer. Written with his daughter, Kris Stoever, For Spacious Skiestells a wonderful American family story filled with never-before-told insider tales from the earliest days of NASA and, for the first time ever, Carpenter's own account of his controversial flight and splashdown.

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For spacious skies: the uncommon journey of a Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter

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In 1962, Carpenter became the second American to orbit the earth, after John Glenn. Stoever, Carpenter's daughter, was six when her father flew in his tiny Aurora 7 space capsule and splashed down ... Read full review

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The fifth book of the Mercury 7 that I have read - and disappointing not because of Scott's life just poor writing. A disappointing ending, post the Mercury astronaut and Sealab aquanaut what happened to Scott? Damn annoying - edit out 20 pages of his forebears and childhood and complete the story. Read full review


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Scott Carpenter is one of the seven original "Right Stuff" astronauts. The fourth American in space, the second to orbit the Earth (John Glenn was the first), Carpenter went on after the Mercury Project to explore the oceans, commanding the underwater teams in the U.S. Navy's SeaLab II program. He lives in New York City and in Vail, Colorado.

Kris Stoever was six years old when her father orbited the Earth on May 24, 1962. Since her graduation from Georgetown University with a degree in history, she has worked as an editor and writer. She lives with her husband and daughter in Denver.