Scott Carpenter died on Thursday in Denver at 88. He was one of the last two surviving astronauts of NASA’s Mercury program in the ’60s.
“When I reached orbit,” he wrote in the June 8, 1962, issue of LIFE, “the first thing that impressed me was the silence.”
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(Photo: Ralph Morse—Time & Life/Getty Images)

Scott Carpenter died on Thursday in Denver at 88. He was one of the last two surviving astronauts of NASA’s Mercury program in the ’60s.

“When I reached orbit,” he wrote in the June 8, 1962, issue of LIFE, “the first thing that impressed me was the silence.”

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(Photo: Ralph Morse—Time & Life/Getty Images)

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