SCOTT CARPENTER, MERCURY ASTRONAUT, DIES OF STROKE
Denver, Colorado (JFK+50) Malcolm Scott Carpenter, one of the original seven Mercury astronauts, died in hospice care here in Denver yesterday, October 10, 1963, 50 years to the day after President John F. Kennedy presented the Collier Trophy to the Mercury 7 at the White House.
Carpenter was a Navy pilot and veteran of the Korean War when he was selected on April 9, 1959 as one of the first seven Mercury astronauts.
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said...
"His accomplishments truly helped our" nation progress in space from the earliest days to the world leadership we enjoy today."
Carpenter's passing leaves 92 year old John Glenn, who was the 1st American to orbit the earth, as the only surviving member of the Mercury 7.
It was the voice of Scott Carpenter we heard on the liftoff of that 1st orbital flight. He said, "God speed, John Glenn."
Malcolm Scott Carpenter was born in Boulder, Colorado. He is survived by wife Patty and 6 children.
Carpenter's spaceflight aboard the Aurora 7 was on May 24, 1962. It was a scientific flight of 3 orbits. During the mission, Carpenter became the 1st American astronaut to eat solid food in space.
Aurora 7 splashed down 250 miles beyond its' targeted landing site in the Atlantic Ocean. After a 40 minute search, Carpenter was found "safely bobbing in a life raft by his capsule."
"Scott Carpenter, Mercury astronaut, dead at 88," by William Harwood, www.cbsnews.com
JFK SPOKE AT CEREMONY HONORING ELEANOR ROOSEVELT 50 YEARS AGO
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President John F. Kennedy spoke at a ceremony marking the issuance of the Eleanor Roosevelt Commemorative Stamp 50 years ago today, October 11, 1963. The occasion, held in the Rose Garden at the White House here in the Nation's Capital, also marked the 79th anniversary of the former First Lady's birth.
President Kennedy said...
"It is a great pleasure to welcome you to this home where Mrs. Roosevelt lived longer than any other First Lady and to take part in this ceremony commemorating the issuance of this stamp."
"The things for which Mrs. Roosevelt stood are clearly identifiable and they represent the best of our national effort and purpose.
I welcome all of you today, particularly the Roosevelt family, and her grandson (Hall Delano Roosevelt) who is here with us."
Also speaking at the ceremony was Adlai Stevenson, UN Ambassador, former Governor of Illinois, and Chairman of the Eleanor Roosevelt Memorial Foundation.
Other attendees included Postmaster General John A. Gronouski and members of the Roosevelt family.