John Glenn to Scott Carpenter: ‘Godspeed’

SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer
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In this 1961 file photo provided by NASA, the original seven Mercury astronauts pose in their spacesuits. In the first row, from left, are Walter Schirra Jr., Donald Slayton, John Glenn and Scott Carpenter. In the back row, from left, are Alan Shepard, Jr., Virgil Grissom and Gordon Cooper.  (AP Photo, File)

In this 1961 file photo provided by NASA, the original seven Mercury astronauts pose in their spacesuits. In the first row, from left, are Walter Schirra Jr., Donald Slayton, John Glenn and Scott Carpenter. In the back row, from left, are Alan Shepard, Jr., Virgil Grissom and Gordon Cooper. (AP Photo, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — When John Glenn soared into space as the first American in orbit, Scott Carpenter wished him bon voyage with three simple words: “Godspeed, John Glenn.” Glenn bid farewell to his lifelong pal who died Thursday in the same way.

“Godspeed, Scott Carpenter –Great Friend,” Glenn, the last remaining Mercury 7 astronaut, said in a statement issued by his spokesman on Friday. He added: “You are missed.”

Carpenter died Thursday in a Denver hospice of complications from a September stroke. Carpenter, who lived in Vail, Colo., was 88.

In February 1962 Carpenter gave Glenn the historic send-off, “Godspeed John Glenn.” Carpenter followed Glenn, becoming the second American in orbit, launching on May 24, 1962.

Glenn said that history will remember Carpenter as an explorer of the heavens and the seas.

 

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