For Spacious Skies: The Uncommon Journey of a Mercury Astronaut, by Scott Carpenter and Kristen C. Stoever, Signed, First Edition, 2002

Carpenter, Scott, Stoever, Kristen C., For Spacious Skies: The Uncommon Journey of a Mercury Astronaut. New York: Harcourt, 2002. First Edition, Signed by Scott Carpenter on the free front endpaper.

Presented is a first edition copy of For Spacious Skies by astronaut Scott Carpenter and his daughter Kristen C. Stoever. The book has been signed by Carpenter on the free front page.

Malcolm Scott Carpenter (1925- 2013) was an American naval officer, aviator, aeronautical engineer, aquanaut, and astronaut. He was one of the Mercury Seven astronauts selected for NASA’s Project Mercury in April of 1959. Carpenter was the second American, after John Glenn, to orbit the Earth and the fourth American in space. This book serves as his personal memoir and discusses his experience in the Mercury Seven program.

During the early years of the space program, each mission helped determine NASA's progress. Carpenter was backup to Glenn during the Mercury Atlas 6 orbital mission. He flew the next mission, Mercury Atlas 7, in the spacecraft he named Aurora 7. What was ultimately found to be a glitch in Aurora 7's pitch horizon scanner forced the astronaut to overshoot his expected landing site by 250 miles, resulting in a dangerous and chaotic mission. In For Spacious Skies, Carpenter and his daughter, Kris Stoever, clear up all lingering questions about his Mercury flight and expound upon the history of our amazing national space expedition and program.


Very good condition. Presented in its original hardback boards with silver titles to the spine. With original glossy dust jacket, with a photograph of Carpenter on the front. Signature is on the first free endpage, on a sticker. Sticker is printed with “Compliments of Scott Carpenter author of FOR SPACIOUS SKIES” with his signature “Scott Carpenter” in black ink below. White sticker measures 2 ¼” H x 3 ⅜” W.  Interior pages are healthy and in good condition. The dust jacket has light shelfware. Boards in very good condition. Book Dimensions: 9 1/4" H x 6 1/4" W x 1 1/4" D. 

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