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    Second Earth-Orbiting Astronaut Dies

    FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2012 file photo, astronaut Scott Carpenter listens to a question from the media about his experience in space, at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Carpenter, the second American to orbit the Earth and one of the last surviving original Mercury 7 astronauts, died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. He was 88. (AP Photo/Michael Brown, File)

    Michael Brown

    And then there was only John Glenn. Scott Carpenter, the second American to orbit the earth, died at age 88 in Denver after suffering a stroke last month. Now the only survivor of the original Mercury 7 program astronauts alive is Glenn. After surviving a disastrous landing 288 miles off target, Carpenter left the space program and refocused on the ocean floor. During one mission, he spent 30 days underwater as part of a Navy program. “Conquering of fear is one of life’s greatest pleasures and it can be done a lot of different places,” he once said.

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