50 Years Ago Today: The Flight of Aurora 7

Fifty years ago today, May 24, 1962 astronaut Scott Carpenter launched in his Aurora 7 capsule. This was the fourth manned mission and the second orbital flight of the Mercury program. This video celebrates the Aurora 7 flight, which successfully made three Earth orbits. But a targeting mishap during reentry took the spacecraft about 400 km (250 miles) off course, delaying recovery of Carpenter and the capsule. Carpenter was picked up after nearly 3 hours in the water, and the Mercury capsule was not retrieved until about 6 hours later.


4 Replies to “50 Years Ago Today: The Flight of Aurora 7”

  1. Interesting when they say the spacecraft is placed upon an Atlas D rocket, they show a Redstone booster

  2. I was there… My school, Coconut Grove Elementary, decided to show all of the early space launches on TV in our classrooms. So cool as a child to watch those small black and white images… Walter Chronkite and others moderation. Then… the MIRACLE of spaceflight. Dang… those were a heady time! And so are THESE! Ho! Lets GO!

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