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24/05/1962 Scott Carpenter becomes the second American to orbit the Earth

Malcolm Scott Carpente was an American naval officer and aviator, test pilot, aeronautical engineer, astronaut, and aquanaut. Carpenter was the second American to orbit the Earth and the fourth American in space, following Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, and Glenn.

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