Mercury-Atlas 7 (MA-7) was the second attempt by the US to place an astronaut into orbit. Launched on May 24, 1962, it made three earth orbits and was piloted by astronaut Scott Carpenter. The Mercury spacecraft, named Aurora 7, was launched into space by an Atlas LV-3B rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida. After 4 hours and 39 minutes in flight the spacecraft re-entered the Earth's atmosphere. However, the spacecraft overshot the intended landing area by 250 nautical miles.
MA-7 launch cover signed by astronaut Scott Carpenter, Hermann Oberth and Wernher von Braun.
Prime Recovery Ship USS Intrepid Captain's cover signed by Scott Carpenter. A helicopter from USS Intrepid was dispatched to pick up Carpenter because the ship was no where near the overshot landing area. Hours later, the Aurora 7 capsule was recovered by USS John R. Pierce.