Nation: SOMETHING I WOULD GIVE MY LIFE FOR

THE seven U.S. astronauts have one thing in common:

dedication to their mission. But in other ways they are as separate as the seven stars of the Big Dipper. Malcolm Scott Carpenter may well be the least skilled pilot among them. But he makes up for that with will power and a compelling personality. He is probably the most popular of the astronauts.

Says Dr. William Douglas, the astronauts' personal physician: "Carpenter's extreme simplicity sometimes gives the impression that he is bordering on immaturity. In fact, I would call him the least mature...

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