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Scott Carpenter, second American in orbit, dies at 88

L-R: Mercury 7 astronauts Gordon Cooper, Wally Shirra and Scott Carpenter pose for the media on October 28, 1998 at the Kennedy Space Center in FloridaScott Carpenter, who became the second US astronaut to orbit the Earth in 1962, as America battled with Moscow in the space race, died Thursday in Colorado aged 88, his wife said. Carpenter, whose death leaves John Glenn as the only surviving member of America's first Project Mercury space program, had suffered a stroke and was in a Denver hospice when he died.