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 and Kristen C. Stoever.
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 both authors on the title 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. He was the fourth American in space, after Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, and John Glenn. This book serves as his personal memoir that 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 himself, 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 mission. Carpenter, with his daughter, Kris Stoever, clears up all lingering questions about his flight while telling the history of an amazing space expedition in his memoir.
Very good condition. Presented in its original color dust jacket with a photo of Carpenter on the front. Signatures on title page are bold in black ink.