Scott Carpenter died Thursday in a hospice care facility in Denver, following a stroke he suffered recently.
Carpenter was one of the original seven Mercury Astronauts selected by the newly formed National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 1959. Carpenter was the sixth human to leave the planet and was the second man to orbit the planet.
Among the firsts he accomplished on his Mercury-Atlas mission were conducting experiments in space, and also ate the first solid food designed for space flight. Carpenter only flew in space in one mission when he was 37 years old.
When asked about what it felt like in space Carpenter said, "You have to realize my experience with zero-g, although transcending and more fun than I can tell you about, was, in the light of current space flight accomplishments, very brief. The zero-g sensation and the visual sensation of space flight are transcending experiences, and I wish everybody could have them."
Scott Carpenter died at the age of 88