John Glenn to Scott Carpenter: 'Godspeed'

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FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2004 file photo, former astronauts John Glenn, Scott Carpenter and Wally Schirra attend a memorial for their former Project Mercury teammate, Leroy Gordon Cooper, at a memorial service at the Johnson Space Center for Cooper, the fourth of the original 7 astronauts to die. Carpenter's death on Oct. 10, 2013 leaves Glenn as the sole living member of the famed group. Schirra died in 2007. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Steve Ueckert, File)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — When John Glenn soared into space as the first American in orbit, Scott Carpenter wished him bon voyage with three simple words: "Godspeed, John Glenn." Glenn bid farewell to his lifelong pal who died Thursday in the same way.

"Godspeed, Scott Carpenter --Great Friend," Glenn, the last remaining Mercury 7 astronaut, said in a statement issued by his spokesman on Friday. He added: "You are missed."

Carpenter died Thursday in a Denver hospice of complications from a September stroke. Carpenter, who lived in Vail, Colo., was 88.

In February 1962 Carpenter gave Glenn the historic send-off, "Godspeed John Glenn." Carpenter followed Glenn, becoming the second American in orbit, launching on May 24, 1962.

Glenn said that history will remember Carpenter as an explorer of the heavens and the seas.

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