For Spacious Skies by Scott Carpenter
The Uncommon Journey of a Mercury Astronaut

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Coming from a family of early Colorado pioneers, astronaut Scott Carpenter grew up with a vibrant frontier tradition of exploration. He went on to become one of seven Project Mercury astronauts to take part in America's burgeoning space program in the 1960s. Here he writes of the pioneering science, training, and biomedicine of early space flight and tells the heart-stopping tale of his famous spaceflight aboard Aurora 7.

Carpenter also shares a family story of tenderness and fortitude. Raised by his grandparents in Boulder, Colorado, while his mother lay sick for years with tuberculosis, Carpenter witnessed bravery, love, sacrifice, and endurance that prepared him for life as a Navy pilot during two wars, service to country as a Mercury astronaut, and finally as a pioneering underwater explorer.

Written with his daughter, Kris Stoever, For Spacious Skies tells a wonderful American family story filled with never-before-told insider tales from the earliest days of NASA and, for the first time ever, Carpenter's own account of his controversial flight and splashdown.
 

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Carpenter is one of the seven original "Right Stuff" astronauts. The fourth American in space and the second to orbit the Earth, Carpenter went after Project Mercury to participate in the U.S. Navy's pioneering Man-in-the-Sea program as an underwater explorer and researcher. Stoever graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in history.
 
Published January 27, 2003 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 384 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Science & Math, Education & Reference, War. Non-fiction

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Mercury astronaut turned thriller-writer Carpenter (The Steel Albatross, 1990) and his daughter put on the dampeners as they tell his life story thus far.

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