Space History Photo: Carpenter in White Room

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Astronaut Scott Carpenter examines the protective material on his "Aurora 7" Mercury capsule in 1962. (Image credit: NASA.)

In this historical photo from the U.S. space agency, inside Hangar S at the White Room Facility at Cape Canaveral, Florida, Mercury astronaut M. Scott Carpenter examines the honeycomb protective material on the main pressure bulkhead (heat shield) of his Mercury capsule nicknamed "Aurora 7."

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