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Aurora 7

Mission Number: MA-724 May 1962

Crew:
    Malcom Carpenter [1]

Backup Crew:
    Walter Schirra

Launch:
    Location: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
    Pad: LC-14
    Date: 24 May 1962
    Time: 12:45:16 UTC

Flight:
    Mission Duration: 4 hours, 56 minutes, 5 seconds
    Orbits: 3
    Max. Altitude: 166.8 statute miles
    Max. Velocity: 17,549 mph
    Distance: 76,021 statute miles

Landing:
    Date: 24 May 1962
    Time: 17:41:21 UTC

Recovery:
    Location: Atlantic Ocean (19° 27' N, 63° 59' W)
    Vessel: USS John R. Pierce (DD-753), USS Intrepid (CVS-11)

A 3 second delay in retro firing and a 25° yaw error caused the capsule to go 250 miles beyond the targeted splashdown area. It took nearly 3 hours for the recovery team to arrive. The first ship to arrive was the U.S.S Farragut. It stood watch over the capsule until U.S.S. John R. Pierce arrived. Carpenter was picked up by helicopters from U.S.S Intrepid.

Launch vehicle was an Atlas rocket.

The MA-7 capsule is currently at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, IL.

 


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