For Spacious Skies: The Uncommon Journey of a Mercury Astronaut

For Spacious Skies The Uncommon Journey of a Mercury Astronaut M Scott Carpenter was America s fourth man in space his three orbit mission in a tiny Mercury capsule closely paralleling that of John Glenn s previous mission But that s where the similarities

  • Title: For Spacious Skies: The Uncommon Journey of a Mercury Astronaut
  • Author: Scott Carpenter Kristen Stoever
  • ISBN: 9780151004676
  • Page: 136
  • Format: Hardcover
  • M Scott Carpenter was America s fourth man in space, his 1962 three orbit mission in a tiny Mercury capsule closely paralleling that of John Glenn s previous mission But that s where the similarities end a malfunctioning navigational system caused Carpenter to splash down, dangerously, some 250 miles off target, and Glenn s fame would somehow forever eclipse that of allM Scott Carpenter was America s fourth man in space, his 1962 three orbit mission in a tiny Mercury capsule closely paralleling that of John Glenn s previous mission But that s where the similarities end a malfunctioning navigational system caused Carpenter to splash down, dangerously, some 250 miles off target, and Glenn s fame would somehow forever eclipse that of all seven of his fellow original astronauts combined This memoir, penned in conjunction with Carpenter s daughter Kris, oddly distances itself from Carpenter s life through use of a third person narrative only the astronaut s calm account of his perilous mission is delivered directly in his voice , a device that ultimately echoes the personal distances Carpenter endured in his own fateful, if troubled, journey toward the stars While Carpenter may have been able to trace his lineage back to the Plymouth colony of the 1630s, his immediate family seemed shattered His research chemist father was successful but absent, his mother often a bedridden invalid Carpenter s journey to the Mercury program after a Rocky Mountain childhood and a stint on lumbering Naval patrol planes is one of the unlikely of the original astronaut class, and he offers up his own perspectives on what has become a compelling body of American folklore thanks largely to Tom Wolfe s The Right Stuff and the memoirs of other participants While the account of NASA s infancy seems quaint, its officialdom often comes off as nothing short of cutthroat, perhaps inspiring the pioneering spaceman to the book s final adventures exploring a distinctly different frontier the bottom of the ocean as part of the Navy s endurance minded SeaLab program Jerry McCulley

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    490 Comment

    • S J says:

      This book really needs to be broken down into 2 parts:1. The story that Kris Stover tells-- which is 2 stars at best; and2. The recollections of Scott Carpenter's space flight--which I'd give 4 stars.Now I understand that Ms Stover is Carpenter's daughter & her family history is captivating to HER, but the real reason we, the reader, pick-up a book like this, is to learn more about how he became an astronaut & what happened when he was up in space. The numerous, tedious chapters she devo [...]

    • Mark says:

      The last two chapters of this peculiar book contain a great account of Scott Carpenter's three orbit mission that he wrote. His words are written in bold face. Everything else seems to have been written by Mr. Carpenter's daughter, Kris Stoever. The rest of the book is a biography that has a distracting style with frequent odd sidelights about things that appear to have crossed the author's mind, and concentrating mostly on Scott Carpenter's father's shortcomings, his mother's illness and variou [...]

    • Lisa says:

      I have been reading quite a few memoirs by America's NASA astronauts recently, and I'm sorry to say that so far, this was the one that I enjoyed the least. To put it succinctly, it was heavy on technical jargon and much too light on personal information and general narrative of his Mercury mission. His daughter co-wrote the book with him.**#46 of 100 books pledged to read/review during 2015**

    • Lila Schow says:

      This book made me wish he was still alive so I could ask all the questions I have about him. He really glossed over his adult life, barely mentioned his 7 kids (the one he mentioned the most was his co-author, surprise!) and only the first of his 4 wives. He had so much interesting detail about his childhood and family, I wanted that level throughout. Still a good read, though, just wanted more.

    • Kevin Orrman-Rossiter says:

      The fifth book of the Mercury 7 that I have read - and disappointing not because of Scott's life just poor writing. A disappointing ending, post the Mercury astronaut and Sealab aquanaut what happened to Scott? Damn annoying - edit out 20 pages of his forebears and childhood and complete the story.

    • Johnna says:

      Once the book gets into the training and the space info- the book gets good. The first half is family info. I enjoyed the second half very much. It was amazing to read about the selection process that the first seven went through. I think the book talked so much about family since it is written by Scott's daughter.

    • Rebecca Huston says:

      A look at one of the more quiet members of the Mercury Seven astronauts, told with humanity and smarts. Great for anyone who enjoyed Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff. As you will see in the longer review, this book was very bittersweet for me to read. For the longer review, please go here:epinions/content_91849

    • Tyler says:

      Anyone familiar with the Mercury program knows that Chris Kraft is not a fan of Scott Carpenter. This autobiography, published 11 years ago, reveals the reverse: that Scott Carpenter and his daughter (the co-writer) are not big fans of Chris Kraft either.

    • Cws says:

      629.45 Car

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