Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today released the following statement on the passing of Commander Scott Carpenter, one of the original Mercury 7.

Chairman Smith: “I am saddened to hear of the passing of American hero, Commander M. Scott Carpenter.  As one of the pioneers of our space program in Project Mercury, Commander Carpenter helped to lead the way for our future human endeavors in space. The memory of his bravery, courage and the sacrifices he made for our nation will live on.  He truly had ‘the right stuff.’  My thoughts and prayers are with his family in this difficult time.”