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Earth from space. View of Earth taken with a hand-held camera by Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter during the Mercury-Atlas 7 mission. This mission launched on 24th May 1962. It was the second American mission to put a human in Earth orbit. It was a success, with Carpenter completing three Earth orbits in five hours in the Mercury capsule Aurora 7. However, a targeting mishap during re-entry took the spacecraft about 400 kilometres off course, delaying recovery of Carpenter and the craft.
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