posted on Oct, 10 2013 @ 04:33 PM
He recently had a stroke and it looked like he was recovering, but now comes word that he has died.
Carpenter stepped forward to fly into space when there were still fearsome dragons out there. Imagined hazards were mechanical [exploding rockets],
physical [meteor strikes], physiological [hearts bursting], psychological [total mental disorientation], and the lurking secret threats of the deep
unknown. He and his associates put their fannies on the rockets anyway.
His flight showed that John Glenn's three orbits a few months earlier had not been a quirk, and that longer and longer flights were possible. When
astronauts head off on year-long expeditions and longer, they will be continuing the process that Carpenter's flight cleared.
Historical records-keeping would set him into the statistical slot of the American with the shortest total orbital flight time, and he and others were
disappointed he never had the chance for longer missions.
He was astonished by the experience of spaceflight, and even decades later just to sit near him was to feel his soul still broadcasting that
astonishment , to hear the tone of his voice still vibrating with that awesomeness he had felt, to see the gleam of his eyes still radiating the spark
But during those few hours he did fly, he soaked up the taste of the rest of the Universe, and came back to share it.
photo of us together:
[higher-res available on request]
His death leaves John Glenn as the sole survivor of the original seven.