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Farewell to local spaceflight legend Scott Carpenter

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Though the weekend should finally bring warmer temperatures to Boulder Colorado, the forecast for the Colorado space community calls for a 100% chance of gray skies. We have lost a beloved local hero, Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter, who passed away on October 10th at the age of 88.

The public is invited to visitations at St John’s Episcopal Church in downtown Boulder (1419 Pine Street) from 2 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm on Friday, November 1st. Carpenter’s funeral at 11:00am on Saturday, November 2nd is also open to the public. Other details can be found here, along with a concise obituary of Scott’s life, goals, and achievements.

We mourn the loss of our heroes, especially someone who dedicated his life toward making our dreams and goals in space a reality. Scott envisioned a future where mankind escapes its Earthly cage and plants its boots permanently on the Moon, Mars, and beyond. As an original founder of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF), he worked to create that future by financially supporting several hundred college juniors and seniors majoring in STEM disciplines.

At times like this, we should honor our fallen brothers and sisters by renewing our commitment to their causes. Donating to the ASF is a good way to do this, along with supporting organizations that share his dreams like the Mars Society, National Space Society, and Mars-One.

If our skies in Boulder do feel gray and gloomy this weekend, we should take some comfort that Scott lived his life above the clouds. He has left us behind for a while, but his travels continue through our efforts. Godspeed, Scott Carpenter.

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