Astronaut Scott Carpenter is set to return to Boulder on Sept. 20 to attend the rededication of the park named after him. Carpenter is now 87 years old.
This year is the 50th anniversary of Carpenter's 1962 flight on Aurora 7, The Daily Camera reports to us. The Boulder High School graduate became the second American to orbit Earth.
Scott Carpenter Park opened to the public in 1963. The ceremony will begin at 4 p.m.
Boulder Parks and Recreation Director Kirk Kincannon says the city is proud of Carpenter, who he called "a truly exceptional American."