For spacious skies: the uncommon journey of a Mercury astronaut
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 CarpenterUser Review - Book Verdict
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 250 miles away from his planned landing site in the Atlantic. Though Carpenter's name appears as the primary author of the book, it is written in the third person and is really an admiring biography by his daughter; thus, it focuses more on his family background and upbringing in Colorado and less on his career as a navy aviator and test pilot. While his space flight was successful, some at NASA questioned his performance, and the description within these pages of his three-orbit flight and off-course landing is somewhat defensive. The treatment of his life after the famous space mission-including his divorce and later marriages-is cursory. Still, this work is a worthy addition to U.S. space flight history: Carpenter's anecdotes about the early days of NASA and his fellow Mercury astronauts are unique, and his perspective is vivid and insightful. Recommended for larger libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 7/02.]-Jeffrey Beall, Univ. of Colorado Lib., Denver ...
Review: For Spacious Skies: The Uncommon Journey of a Mercury AstronautUser Review - Goodreads
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.