Behind the Scenes: Inside Astronaut Scott Carpenter's 1962 Mercury Flight (Photos)



Aboard the USS Intrepid, the prime recovery ship, astronaut Scott Carpenter, smiles at the crew after his recovery.

Accolades from the President


Following a successful second orbital mission, astronaut Scott Carpenter, prime pilot for the Mercury-Atlas 7 mission, talks with President John F. Kennedy. The mission was 4 hours and 56 minutes long.

Warm Welcome


Astronaut Scott Carpenter, prime pilot for the Mercury-Atlas 7 mission, is greeted by his wife and children after the splashdown.

Celebrating a Hero


In Boulder, Colorado, a post flight parade honors astronaut Scott Carpenter, pilot of the Mercury-Atlas 7 mission, and his wife.

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