Application: Ocean Floor Analog to the Space Environment
Designer/Program Manager: Dennis Chamberlin
Systems Engineer: Joseph M. Bishop
Weight/Displacement: 21,000 lbs.
Manufacturer: Precision Fabricating, Inc.
Model Scale: Actual Size
The Scott Carpenter Station was built by NASA as a research and demonstration vehicle, providing an under sea analog for the isolated environment of space. Mission One launched in September 1997 off the coast of Key Largo, Fla., and included a science mission linked to schools and classrooms, managed remotely from the Johnson Space Center, with NASA astronaut Dr. Bob Phillips among the crew testing life support systems and plant growth experiments. Mission Two was the NASA Challenge Mission, "flown" concurrently with space shuttle mission STS-95 (Senator John Glenn's return to flight). Filmmaker James Cameron and producer Eugene Roddenberry, II, were among the crew members during this 36-day mission.
Ownership transferred from NASA to the Space Foundation in 2013.
Scott Carpenter 1925-2013
Born: May 1, 1925 Boulder, Colorado
Died: October 10, 2013 Denver Colorado
Space Missions: Mercury 7 May 24th 1962
Scott Carpenter was the second American astronaut to orbit the Earth. On the Mercury 7 mission, he circled the earth three times to see if humans could work in space. Scott worked with NASA to create underwater training programs for astronauts. After retiring from NASA, Scott worked on SEALAB building undersea living spaces. SEALAB would help NASA to make an underwater lab to train astronauts for space walks. NASA named the lab the Scott Carpenter Station.