Astronaut Scott Carpenter has died
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(CNN) -- Astronaut Scott Carpenter, the second American to orbit the Earth, has died, NASA said on Thursday. He was 88.
"We, the whole NASA family, are mourning with Scott's family. We have lost a true pioneer. I shall long remember him not only for his smarts and courage but his incredible humor. He kept us all grounded," said NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden.
"We will miss him greatly."
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