Scott Carpenter, the fourth American in space and the second to orbit Earth, died in Colorado on Thursday due to complications from a stroke. The 88-year-old former astronaut was one of seven pilots chosen for NASA's Mercury program in 1959 and orbited the Earth on May 24, 1962, in the Aurora 7 spacecraft. Carpenter had served as a backup for the first American to orbit Earth, John Glenn, who, at 92, is the last surviving member of the Mercury 7 team.

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