"Today, the world mourns the passing of Scott Carpenter. As one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts, he was in the first vanguard of our space program," reported Xinhua citing NASA administrator Charles Bolden in a statement.
"When he became the second American to orbit the Earth, he completed his mission despite challenging circumstances," Bolden said.
"His accomplishments truly helped our nation progress in space from the earliest days to the world leadership we enjoy today. We will miss his passion, his talent and his lifelong commitment to exploration."
Carpenter was selected as one of the original seven Mercury Astronauts April 9, 1959. He flew the second American manned orbital flight May 24, 1962.
--IANS (Posted on 11-10-2013)