Summary: pioneering test pilot and astronaut who became the second American to orbit the earth as one of the original Mercury 7 from the "Right Stuff" days of the early 1960's and one of the last two to survive (the last is John Glenn), but who had missed his landing by 228 miles in his only flight leaving a nation on edge for an hour as it watched live before he later found a new place to explore such as the ocean floor and was the only person who was both an astronaut and an aquanaut exploring the ocean and space.
Cause of Death: Complications from a stroke
Born: May 1, 1925
Died: October 10, 2013
Location: Denver, Colorado