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Photograph of Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter after Landing Safely from His Aurora 7 Flight

Photograph of Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter after Landing Safely from H...

Original caption: Astronaut Scott Carpenter shakes hands with navy personnel as he steps from the recovery helicopter, still carrying the camera he took pictures of the Earth with. Carpenter landed in Aurora 7 ... More

Photograph of Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter Using His Hands to Describe Phases of His Aurora 7 Flight

Photograph of Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter Using His Hands to Describe...

Original caption: Cape Canaveral, Fla. -- Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter, pilot of the Aurora 7 spacecraft uses hands to describe phases of his recent 3 orbit space flight. Carpenter was taken to Grand Turk islan... More

Photograph of Project Mercury Flight Simulation with Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter

Photograph of Project Mercury Flight Simulation with Astronaut M. Scot...

Original caption: Flight Simulation - Paul Backer (left) and Dr. Robert Voas, Astronaut Training Officer, discuss MA-7 flight plan with Project Mercury Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter (center). Carpenter is about... More

Photograph of Flight Name being Painted onto Spacecraft Aurora 7

Photograph of Flight Name being Painted onto Spacecraft Aurora 7

Original caption: Cape Canaveral, Fla. Miss Cece Bibby, Chrysler Corp employee, paints name Aurora 7 on Project Mercury spacecraft for second manned orbital flight while Mission Pilot M. Scott Carpenter looks o... More

Photograph of Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter Being Recovered by a Navy Helicopter after the Aurora 7 Flight

Photograph of Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter Being Recovered by a Navy H...

Original caption: CAPE CANAVERAL- Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter is lifted by cable into a hovering Navy helicopter during the recovery operation. Committee Papers

Photograph of Liftoff of Aurora 7 Spacecraft

Photograph of Liftoff of Aurora 7 Spacecraft

Original caption: Cape Canaveral, Fla. - Moment of liftoff. Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter inside the Aurora 7 spacecraft atop the Atlas booster seconds after leaving Pad 14 at Cape Canaveral. Carpenter became th... More

Photograph of Astronauts John H. Glenn and M. Scott Carpenter Making Last Minute Checks Prior to Aurora 7 Launch

Photograph of Astronauts John H. Glenn and M. Scott Carpenter Making L...

Original caption: CAPE CANAVERAL - Last minute checks - Astronaut John H. Glenn, the U.S. first space pilot makes last minute preparations with Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter prior to the flight of MA-7. Astronau... More

Photograph of Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter Leaving Hangar S Prior to Aurora 7 Launch

Photograph of Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter Leaving Hangar S Prior...

Original Caption: CAPE CANAVERAL - Project Mercury Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter suited up and ready for MA-7 flight. Carpenter is outfitted in spacesuit and is carrying portable air conditioner as he leav... More

Photograph of Astronauts M. Scott Carpenter and John H. Glenn, Jr. Shaking Hands after Carpenter's Aurora 7 Flight

Photograph of Astronauts M. Scott Carpenter and John H. Glenn, Jr. Sha...

Original caption: GRAND TURK ISLAND - Astronaut John Glenn congratulates Scott Carpenter on his three-orbit mission aboard the Aurora 7 spacecraft. The United States now has two Astronauts who have orbited the ... More

Photograph of Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter Putting on His Space Suit Prior to Aurora 7 Launch

Photograph of Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter Putting on His Space S...

Original caption: CAPE CANAVERAL - Project Mercury Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter puts on space suit prior to entering his Aurora 7 spacecraft at Cape Canaveral. Astronaut Carpenter became the second America... More

Photograph of Astronaut John H. Glenn Listening to Communications with Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter during the Aurora 7 Flight

Photograph of Astronaut John H. Glenn Listening to Communications with...

Original caption: CAPE CANAVERAL - Astronaut John H. Glenn, first American to orbit the earth, listens in on the voice communications of fellow Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter. Carpenter successfully complete... More

Photograph of Astronaut Scott Carpenter Suited Up and Ready for Aurora 7 Launch

Photograph of Astronaut Scott Carpenter Suited Up and Ready for Aurora...

Original caption: CAPE CANAVERAL - Astronaut Scott Carpenter suited up and ready for his spaceflight. He is seated in Hangar S after pre-flight physical examination. He was successfully launched from Cape Canav... More

Photograph of Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter in Hangar S Prior to Aurora 7 Launch

Photograph of Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter in Hangar S Prior to Aurora...

Original caption: Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter makes a point white sitting in a comfortable chair in the crew quarters in Hangar "S" after being suited. Committee Papers

Photograph of Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter Putting on Space Helmet Prior to Aurora 7 Launch

Photograph of Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter Putting on Space Helme...

Original caption: CAPE CANAVERAL - Project Mercury Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter puts on space helmet prior to entering his Aurora 7 spacecraft at Cape Canaveral. Astronaut Carpenter became the second Ameri... More

Photograph of MA-7 Survival Kit

Photograph of MA-7 Survival Kit

Original caption: The MA-7 Survival Kit -- This is the kit which Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter will carry in his spacecraft, "Aurora 7" in the scheduled flight of MA-7. The MA-7 flight is schedule to be lau... More

Photograph of Aurora 7 Lifting Off

Photograph of Aurora 7 Lifting Off

Original caption: CAPE CANAVERAL - Moment of liftoff. Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter inside the Aurora 7 spacecraft atop the Atlas booster seconds after leaving Pad 14 at Cape Canaveral. Carpenter became the... More

Photograph of Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter Adjusting his Straps Prior to Aurora 7 Launch

Photograph of Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter Adjusting his Straps P...

Original caption: CAPE CANAVERAL - Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter, suited up and ready to go, has his straps adjusted prior to leaving for Pad 14 and the waiting Atlas and Mercury spacecraft Aurora 7. Carpen... More

Photograph of Astronaut Virgil I. Grissom Listening to Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter during the Aurora 7 Flight

Photograph of Astronaut Virgil I. Grissom Listening to Astronaut Malco...

Original caption: Cape Canaveral -- Astronaut Virgil I. Grissom, who served as capsule communicator during the MA-7 flight listens attentively as he talks to Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter. Carpenter was plu... More

Photograph of Astronaut Scott Carpenter Looking inside his Aurora 7 Spacecraft prior to Launch

Photograph of Astronaut Scott Carpenter Looking inside his Aurora 7 Sp...

Original caption: Cape Canaveral, Fla.: Astronaut Scott Carpenter looks inside Aurora 7 spacecraft prior to insertion. McDonneld and NASA capsule technicians along with Astronauts Wall Schirra and John Glenn wa... More

Photograph of Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter Explaining Phases of His Aurora 7 Flight to Astronaut John H. Glenn, Jr.

Photograph of Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter Explaining Phases of His Au...

Original caption: Cape Canaveral, Fla. -- Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter, pilot of the Aurora 7 spacecraft explains phases of his flight to Astronaut John H. Glenn, Jr. who made the first US orbital flight in Feb... More

Photograph of Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter Inside Aurora 7 Ready for Liftoff

Photograph of Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter Inside Aurora 7 Ready ...

Original caption: Cape Canaveral -- Ready to GO. Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter is ready for liftoff. This photo was made immediately after Carpenter was inserted into his spacecraft, Aurora 7, as it was po... More

Photograph of Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter on the Telephone with Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson after the Aurora 7 Flight

Photograph of Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter on the Telephone with Vice ...

Original caption: CAPE CANAVERAL - Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter. America's second orbital pilot talks to Vice President Lyndon. Johnson following his recovery after the MA-7 flight. Committee Papers

Photograph of Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter Rubbing his Eyes on the Day of Aurora 7 Launch

Photograph of Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter Rubbing his Eyes on the Day...

Original caption: CAPE CANAVERAL - Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter rubs the sleep from his eyes minutes after waking up at 1:15 a.m. Thursday. Standing by him is G. Merritt Preston, Chief, Pre-Flight Operations. ... More

Photograph of Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter Talking with a Medical Debriefing Team Prior to His Aurora 7 Flight

Photograph of Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter Talking with a Medical Debr...

Original caption: U.S.S. Intrepid - Astronaut Scott Carpenter after being picked up at sea by a Navy Helicopter returns to the Carrier Intrepid. Still dressed in his space suit Carpenter talks with the medical ... More

Photograph of the Suit Technician Checking Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter's Spacesuit Prior to Aurora 7 Launch

Photograph of the Suit Technician Checking Astronaut M. Scott Carpente...

Original caption: CAPE CANAVERAL - Project Mercury suit technician, Joe Schmitt, checks spacesuit prior to Lt. Cmdr. M. Scott Carpenters MA-7 spaceflight. Committee Papers

Photograph of the USS Robinson Moving into Position to Recover Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter and Aurora 7

Photograph of the USS Robinson Moving into Position to Recover Astrona...

Original caption: CAPE CANAVERAL - The USS Robinson (DD 562) steams into position in the Atlantic Ocean to take part in the recovery of Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter and spacecraft Aurora7. The U.S. second ... More

Photograph of Astronaut  Malcolm Scott Carpenter Discussing His Pending Orbital Flight

Photograph of Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter Discussing His Pendin...

Original caption: Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter discusses his pending orbital flight with his backup pilot Astronaut Walter Schirra (left) and Astronaut Virgil I, Grissom, Carpenter is scheduled to go aloft... More

Photograph of Astronauts Virgil "Gus" Grissom and John H. Glenn, Jr. Awaiting Word from Aurora 7 Flight

Photograph of Astronauts Virgil "Gus" Grissom and John H. Glenn, Jr. A...

Original caption: Veteran U.S. spacemen await word from Project Mercury Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter as he returns to earth following 3 trips around the globe May 24, 1962. Left; Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, pilot ... More

Photograph of the USS Donner Moving into Position to Recover Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter and Aurora 7

Photograph of the USS Donner Moving into Position to Recover Astronaut...

Original caption: CAPE CANAVERAL - The U.S.S. Donner (LSD 20) plows through the Atlantic Ocean as it prepares to aid in the recovery of Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter. The MA-7 flight, the U.S. second attemp... More

Photograph of a Suit Technician Adjusting Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter's Collar Prior to Aurora 7 Launch

Photograph of a Suit Technician Adjusting Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carp...

Original caption: CAPE CANAVERAL: A suit technician adjusts collar in space suit as Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter relaxes before his date in space. Carpenter was successfully launched into orbit atop an Atl... More

Photograph of Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter Relaxing While Discussing His Aurora 7 Flight

Photograph of Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter Relaxing While Discussing H...

Original caption: Grand Turk Aux AFB, - Lt. Cmdr. M. Scott Carpenter relaxes while discussing his historic MA-7 3 orbit space flight with his fellow astronaut, Lt. Cmdr. Walter S. Schirra, back-up MA-7 Astronau... More

Photograph of Mercury Spacecraft Aurora 7 Floating in the Atlantic during Recovery Operations

Photograph of Mercury Spacecraft Aurora 7 Floating in the Atlantic dur...

Original caption: CAPE CANAVERAL - The Mercury spacecraft, Aurora 7, is shown floating in the Atlantic during recovery operations following its orbital flight. A scuba dicer is shown on the flotation collar. Co... More

Photograph of Aurora 7 being Inspected

Photograph of Aurora 7 being Inspected

Original caption: CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA. - The Aurora-7 spacecraft is inspected in NASA-MSC Hanger "S", after the 3-orbit MA-7 space flight of Lt. Cmdr. M. Scott Carpenter. Committee Papers

Photograph of Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter Having His Blood Pressure Checked after His Aurora 7 Flight

Photograph of Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter Having His Blood Pressure C...

Original caption: USAF Lt. Col. E. W. Schear takes Astronaut Carpenters' blood pressure shortly after his arrival aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid. Committee Papers

Photograph of Aurora 7 Spacecraft being Returned to Cape Canaveral

Photograph of Aurora 7 Spacecraft being Returned to Cape Canaveral

Original caption: CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA. - The Aurora-7 spacecraft is returned to Cape Canaveral via C-124 after the successful MA-7 orbital flight of Lt. Comdr. M. Scott Carpenter. Committee Papers

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