LIFE unveils unpublished photos of pioneering astronaut Scott Carpenter

NASA legend Scott Carpenter – a member of America's original Mercury Seven – died yesterday at the age of 88, after suffering a recent stroke. Today, LIFE Magazine marked his passing by unveiling a trove of rare photographs showcasing Carpenter's public and private life.

Above: Astronaut Scott Carpenter and kids, 1962 // Ralph Morse—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images