It was 50 years ago today, that Scott Carpenter flew the second American manned orbital flight when he piloted the Aurora 7 through three orbits of the Earth on a mission that lasted less than 5 hours.
In this photo, taken on May 24, 1962, Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter looks into his Mercury-Atlas 7 spacecraft, the Aurora 7, before being inserted to begin the launch.
Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter, prime pilot for the Mercury-Atlas 7 flight,
is seen in Hanger S crew quarters during a pre-flight suiting activity at
Cape Canaveral, Fla. He is assisted in suiting by technician Al
Rochford. In this view, Carpenter is fully suited and is having his gloves
Astronaut Scott Carpenter, pilot of the Mercury-Atlas 7 space flight, is
inserted into Aurora 7 spacecraft during the prelaunch countdown on May 24, 1962. Carpenter
is assisted into the spacecraft by Astronaut John Glenn and Gunter Vendt,
McDonnell Douglas pad capsule test conductor.
Aurora 7, the spacecraft destined to carry Project Mercury Astronaut Scott Carpenter on a planned three-orbit trip around the earth, is examined at launch pad 14 by technicians of McDonnell Aircraft Company, prime spacecraft contractor.
Astronaut Scott Carpenter, prime pilot for the Mercury-Atlas 7 (MA-7)
mission, talks with President John F. Kennedy via radio-telephone from
aboard the carrier U.S.S. Intrepid. Carpenter was recovered by a
helicopter and taken to the U.S.S. Intrepid after a 4 hour and 56 minute
mission in space.