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While Carpenter may have been able to trace his lineage back to the Plymouth colony of the 1630s, his immediate family seemed shattered. His research-chemist father was successful but absent, his mother often a bedridden invalid. Carpenter's journey to the Mercury program after a Rocky Mountain childhood and a stint on lumbering Naval patrol planes is one of the more unlikely of the original astronaut class, and he offers up his own perspectives on what has become a compelling body of American folklore (thanks largely to Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff and the memoirs of other participants). While the account of NASA's infancy seems quaint, its officialdom often comes off as nothing short of cutthroat, perhaps inspiring the pioneering spaceman to the book's final adventures exploring a distinctly different frontier--the bottom of the ocean--as part of the Navy's endurance-minded SeaLab program. --Jerry McCulley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Great book that tells the history of a great man. I visited his home and talked to him for many hours in the 1960s. John Glenn was his next door neighbor.Published on November 22, 2013 by Product Reviewer
unfortunately, the awkward writing gets in the way of what is a remarkable story. Kris Stoever must be trying to convince herself that she is an author but she didn't convince me.Published on September 17, 2012 by nozama
While the parts about his time at NASA were interesting and somewhat informative, the first fourth of the book depressingly focuses on how his mom was always sick, (and a sucker... Read morePublished on May 24, 2010 by Duke 1968
Scott Carpenter and Kris Stoever For Spacious Skies is a good book, with good pictures. Scott Carpenter's daughter Kris does a good job as author. Read morePublished on March 5, 2010 by Thomas Erickson
For Spacious Skies: The Uncommon Journey of a Mercury Astronaut was a very interesting story written by Scott Carpenter and his daughter which documents his life and mission. Read morePublished on June 7, 2009 by Keith Mirenberg
Since Gordon Cooper published his autobiography in the year 2000, there was only one Mercury astronaut remaining who had not written his own book about his space experiences. Read morePublished on February 8, 2009 by AReader