Saturday, October 12, 2013

Godspeed, Scott Carpenter

Word comes that Astronaut Scott Carpenter has passed away.  Carpenter, 88, was the second man in orbit following John Glenn.  He is famous for his "Godspeed, John Glenn" send off to the first man in space.  Both Carpenter and Glenn, who is now 92, were part of the Mercury program.

I looked at the ages of the 12 men who have worked on the Moon.  The good news is that eight of those Apollo astronauts are still alive. The bad news is the youngest, Charles Duke, is 78.  Meanwhile my early childhood memories of being excited about astronauts and moon landings continue to fade away.


Flogger said...

I am part of Baby-Boomer Generation. I can recall how excited I was when the Soviets launched Sputnik. My sister bought me a 65 power telescope and an Astronomy book for Christmas in the late 50's.

I was so excited about the Space Programs. Years later I went to the "Cape" to see the remaining rockets, etc., on display. The complexity of these machines was truly awe inspiring.

The Viking Landings seemed to be last hurrah of our Space efforts. True we had the Space Shuttle, and the later Martian Landings, but these efforts sadly to me never reached the level of popular excitement the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo Programs.

guy77money said...

I remember the Apollo missions and watching the moon walks on TV. Luckily there are still people on the planet that are excited about space travel! The billionaire in L.A. and other visionaries! We really need to build a space station like the one in 2001. Before the dream slips away! We need off the planet and need to find a way to make faster then light travel possible.