Colorado-born astronaut Scott Carpenter died Thursday at the age of 88. According to his wife, Patty, he had suffered a stroke and entered a Denver hospice. The couple, with 9 children and six grand children, have been living in Vail. Carpenter did what a lot of little boys like me dreamed of doing -but few ever accomplish - being an astronaut. He only made one trip into outer space, but it was memorable for two reasons.