Godspeed, Scott Carpenter

 In Patient & Family Stories

Col. John Glenn ended his eulogy for fellow astronaut Scott Carpenter with a phrase by quoting Carpenter’s own 1962 benediction for Glenn as he entered space aboard Friendship 7.

On April 9, 1959, NASA introduced its first astronaut class the Mercury 7. Scott Carpenter can be seen at the front right.

On April 9, 1959, NASA introduced its first astronaut class the Mercury 7. Scott Carpenter can be seen at the front right.


A Navy pilot who served in the Korean War, Scott was a pioneer of modern exploration. An astronaut and an aquanaut, he was the first person to penetrate both inner and outer space.

Scott was selected in 1959 as one of the original seven Mercury Astronauts. He served as backup pilot for John Glenn during the preparation for America’s first manned orbital space flight in February 1962 and flew the second American manned orbital flight on May 24, 1962. He piloted his Aurora 7 spacecraft through three orbits around the Earth. In 1965, Scott participated in the Navy’s Man-in-the-Sea Project as an Aquanaut in the SEALAB II. During the 45-day experiment, Scott spent 30 days living and working in an ocean floor habitat 205 feet deep.

“Satisfying curiosity ranks No. 2 in my book behind conquering a fear,” Carpenter said.

After Scott died at The Denver Hospice Inpatient Care Center at Lowry in 2013, the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and a chaplain of The Denver Hospice arranged a tribute to honor his extensive military career.

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Patty Carpenter accepting her husband's Certificate of Appreciation

Patty Carpenter accepts her husband’s Certificate of Appreciation

Recognizing that many who have served in Vietnam have never been honored properly, The Denver Hospice understands that having uniformed personnel present at these tributes is a symbolic gesture and a great comfort to veterans and their families.

Unique in the metro Denver area, The Denver Hospice is the only hospice to achieve Level 4 designation, the highest level granted by We Honor Veterans, a partnership of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Veterans Administration. This partnership works to ensure each veteran is appreciated and has access to quality end-of-life care.

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