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OCT 10, 2013 - San Francisco Chronicle

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AP PHOTOS: The Mercury 7 Astronauts

Scott Carpenter, the second American to orbit the Earth and one of the last two survivors of the famed original Mercury 7 astronauts, died Thursday in a Denver hospice of complications from a September stroke. When he missed his landing target by almost 300 miles on his return, the country watched on live television, unsure if he would survive. Inspired by Jacques Cousteau, Carpenter worked with the Navy to bring some of NASA's training and technology to the sea floor.

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