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Early U.S. Astronaut Scott Carpenter Dies at Age 88, Wife Says

Scott Carpenter, an early U.S. astronaut who orbited Earth in 1962, died on Thursday morning in a Denver hospice center at age 88 of complications from a stroke, his wife Patty Carpenter said.   Carpenter made only one spaceflight, taking the Aurora 7 spacecraft on three laps around Earth on May 24, 1962, a few weeks after his 37th birthday. It was a flight of less than five hours and made him the fourth American in space and the second, after John Glenn, to orbit Earth.   Carpenter ...

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