Scott Carpenter Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles
Died: October 10, 2013 in Denver, Colorado
NASA ASTRONAUT (Former)
Scott Carpenter, a dynamic pioneer of modern exploration, has the unique distinction of being the first human ever to penetrate both inner and outer space, thereby acquiring the dual title, Astronaut/Aquanaut.
He was born in Boulder, Colorado, on May 1, 1925, the son of research chemist Dr. M. Scott Carpenter and Florence Kelso Noxon Carpenter. He attended the University of Colorado from 1945 to 1949 and received a bachelor of science degree in Aeronautical Engineering.
Carpenter was commissioned in the U.S. Navy in 1949. He was given flight training at Pensacola, Florida and Corpus Christi, Texas and designated a Naval Aviator in April, 1951. During the Korean War he served with patrol Squadron Six, flying anti-submarine, ship surveillance, and aerial mining, and ferret missions in the Yellow Sea, South China Sea, and the Formosa Straits. He attended the Navy Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, Maryland, in 1954 and was subsequently assigned to the Electronics Test Division of the Naval Air Test Center, also at Patuxent. In that assignment he flew tests in every type of naval aircraft, including multi- and single-engine jet and propeller-driven fighters, attack planes, patrol bombers, transports, and seaplanes.
From 1957 to 1959 he attended the Navy General Line School and the Navy Air Intelligence School and was then assigned as Air Intelligence Officer to the Aircraft Carrier, USS Hornet.
Carpenter was selected as one of the original seven Mercury Astronauts on April 9, 1959. He underwent intensive training with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), specializing in communication and navigation. He served as backup pilot for John Glenn during the preparation for Americas first manned orbital space flight in February 1962.
Carpenter flew the second American manned orbital flight on May 24, 1962. He piloted his Aurora 7 spacecraft through three revolutions of the earth, reaching a maximum altitude of 164 miles. The spacecraft landed in the Atlantic Ocean about 1000 miles southeast of Cape Canaveral after 4 hours and 54 minutes of flight time.
On leave of absence from NASA, Carpenter participated in the Navys Man-in the-Sea Project as an Aquanaut in the SEALAB II program off the coast of La Jolla, California, in the summer of 1965. During the 45-day experiment, Carpenter spent 30 days living and working on the ocean floor. He was team leader for two of the three ten-man teams of Navy and civilian divers who conducted deep-sea diving activities in a seafloor habitat at a depth of 205 feet.
He returned to duties with NASA as Executive Assistant to the Director of the Manned Spaceflight Center and was active in the design of the Apollo Lunar Landing Module and in underwater extravehicular activity (EVA) crew training.
In 1967, he returned to the Navys Deep Submergence Systems Project (DSSP) as Director of Aquanaut Operations during the SEALAB III experiment. (The DSSP office was responsible for directing the Navys Saturation Diving Program, which included development of deep-ocean search, rescue, salvage, ocean engineering, and Man-in-the-Sea capabilities.)
Upon retirement from the Navy in 1969,after twenty-five years of service, Carpenter founded and was chief executive officer of Sear Sciences, Inc., a venture capital corporation active in developing programs aimed at enhanced utilization of ocean resources and improved health of the planet. In pursuit of these and other objectives, he worked closely with the French oceanographer J.Y. Cousteau and members of his Calypso team. He has dived in most of the worlds oceans, including the Arctic under ice.
As a consultant to sport and professional diving equipment manufacturers, he has contributed to design improvements in diving instruments, underwater breathing equipment, swimmer propulsion units, small submersibles, and other underwater devices.
Additional projects brought to fruition by his innovative guidance have involved biological pest control and the production of energy from agricultural and industrial waste. He has also been instrumental in the design and improvement of several types of waste handling and waste-transfer equipment.
Carpenter continues to apply his knowledge of aerospace and ocean engineering as a consultant to industry and the private sector. He lectures frequently in the U.S. and abroad on the history and future of ocean and space technology, the impact of scientific and technological advance on human affairs, and mans continuing search for excellence. An avid skier, he spends much of his free time on the slopes in his home of Vail, Colorado, his home for the past fifteen years.
He has appeared as television spokesman for many major corporations, including General Motors (Oldsmobile), standard Oil of California, Nintendo, and Atari; and has hosted and narrated a number of television documentaries. He has also served as actor/consultant to the film industry in the fields of space flight, oceanography, and the global environment.
He has written two novels, both dubbed underwater techno-thrillers. The first was entitled The Steel Albatross. The second, a sequel, was called Deep Flight. His memoir, For Spacious Skies which he co-authored with his daughter, Kristen Stoever, was published by Harcourt in January 2003.
Carpenters awards include the Navys Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, U.S. Navy Astronaut Wings, the University of Colorado Recognition Medal, the Collier Trophy, the New York City Gold Medal of Honor, the Elisha Kent Kane Medal, the Ustica Gold Trident, and the Boy Scouts of America Silver Buffalo. He has been awarded seven honorary degrees.
SCOTT CARPENTER NASA black and white photo with split image: suiting up for space on the right, older Carpenter in tie and jacket on left, inscribed and signed at top edge Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Florence Hennessy's lucky grandson -/Best Wishes Scott Carpenter". B/w, 10x6½. Official NASA photo. read more...
Sale Price $324.00
SCOTT CARPENTER. Official NASA photograph inscribed and signed: "To Florence Hennessy's lucky grandson-/Best Wishes Scott Carpenter". B/w, 10x8. Two 4½x6 photographs of Carpenter, one from his 1962 Mercury flight, the other more recent, next to each other. Fine condition. read more...
Sale Price $324.00
SCOTT CARPENTER Signed photo, seated in front of a US flag, arms crossed Photograph signed: "Scott Carpenter". B/w, 8x10. Malcolm Scott Carpenter (b. 1925) flew reconnaissance missions in the Korean War before qualifying as a navy test pilot. read more...
Sale Price $342.00
SCOTT CARPENTER NASA black and white photo with split image: suiting up for space on the right, older Carpenter in tie and jacket on left, signed across both images Photograph signed: "Scott Carpenter". B/w, 10x6½. Official NASA photo. Two images on one sheet. Malcolm Scott Carpenter (b. read more...
Sale Price $324.00
SCOTT CARPENTER Original Mercury astronaut. Photograph signed: "Scott Carpenter". Color, 8x10. Carpenter was one of America's original seven Project Mercury astronauts. He was the fourth American in space, orbiting the Earth three times on May 24, 1962. read more...
Sale Price $360.00
SCOTT CARPENTER. Philatelic Envelope signed: "Scott Carpenter", 6½x3½. Space Cover postmarked Patrick Air Force Base, FL, October 2, 1961. Rubber-stamped Atlas rocket launch cachet. Scott Carpenter was one of America's original seven Project Mercury astronauts. read more...
Sale Price $288.00
SCOTT CARPENTER - COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: COLONEL GORDON COOPER JR. - HFSID 164511PROJECT MERCURY Three Astronauts pen their signatures with one secretarially signed on this commemorative envelope for the Gemini Two-Man Spacecraft! Commemorative Envelope signed: "Gordon Cooper" Secretarial Signature of [Alan B. read more...
Sale Price $680.00
JOHN "DUKE" WAYNE - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED 10/23/1976 CO-SIGNED BY: SCOTT CARPENTER, DAN GURNEY, JUNE HAVER, FRED MacMURRAY, MONA FREEMAN, RICARDO MONTALBAN - HFSID 293905The Academy Award winning actor and a group of his friends sign a note to a fan. Wayne writes "Dear atheist Hope you don't go to Hell" in response to the fan telling Wayne that he was not religious. Beautifully matted and framed with a black and white publicity photograph of Wayne to 23x16½ overall. read more...
Sale Price $1,445.00
JOHN GLENN - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: COLONEL GORDON COOPER JR., CAPTAIN WALLY M. SCHIRRA, SCOTT CARPENTER, CAPTAIN RICHARD F. "DICK" GORDON JR. - HFSID 254565ASTRONAUTS Color official NASA publicity photograph of the Earth as seen from the Moon taken by Apollo 8 in 1968 signed by five astronauts. Photograph signed: "Gordon Cooper", "John Glenn", "Scott Carpenter", "Wally Schirra" and "Richard Gordon". Color, 10x8. Official NASA photo. read more...
Sale Price $595.00
JOHN GLENN - COLLECTION WITH COLONEL GORDON COOPER JR., CAPTAIN WALLY M. SCHIRRA, SCOTT CARPENTER, LT. COLONEL VIRGIL I. "GUS" GRISSOM, REAR ADMIRAL ALAN B. SHEPARD JR., MAJOR DONALD "DEKE" SLAYTON - HFSID 347981Special Sale PriceMERCURY 7 ASTRONAUTS A Salute to Project Mercury by America's Original Space Pioneers Comprises: (1) Photograph signed: "Scott read more...
Sale Price $5,950.00
LT. COLONEL VIRGIL I. "GUS" GRISSOM - COLLECTION WITH JOHN GLENN, COLONEL GORDON COOPER JR., CAPTAIN WALLY M. SCHIRRA, SCOTT CARPENTER, REAR ADMIRAL ALAN B. SHEPARD JR., MAJOR DONALD "DEKE" SLAYTON - HFSID 90375THE ORIGINAL SEVEN PROJECT MERCURY ASTRONAUTS: SCOTT CARPENTER, GORDON COOPER, GUS GRISSOM, JOHN GLENN, WALLY SCHIRRA, ALAN SHEPARD and DONALD K. SLAYTON All but Grissom have signed a group photo in space suits. The signature of the ill-fated Grissom on a separate sheet is framed with it in the Gallery of History style. read more...
Sale Price $2,720.00