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Astronaut Scott Carpenter, Second American to Orbit Earth, Dies

NASA/Getty Images(DENVER) -- Astronaut Scott Carpenter, a member of the original Mercury 7 and the second American to orbit the Earth, has died, his family confirmed to ABC News Radio on Thursday. He was 88.

Carpenter's wife recently revealed the former astronaut had suffered a stroke.

“My dad led a thrilling life,” Carpenter's daughter, Kristen Stoever, told ABC News on Thursday. “He had a long life. He conquered air, space and sea."

“We're all shocked and sad,” she added, “but filled with admiration” for the man who was selected with six others as the original U.S. astronauts in April 1959.

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