Gordon Cooper

Astronaut

1927 – 2004

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Who was Gordon Cooper?

Leroy Gordon Cooper, Jr., also known as Gordon Cooper, was an American aeronautical engineer, test pilot and one of the seven original astronauts in Project Mercury, the first manned space program of the United States.

Cooper piloted the longest and final Mercury spaceflight in 1963. He was the first American to sleep in space during that 34-hour mission and was the last American to be launched alone to conduct an entirely solo orbital mission. In 1965, Cooper flew as command pilot of Gemini 5.

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Born
Mar 6, 1927
Shawnee
Also known as
  • Leroy Gordon "Hot Dog" Cooper, Jr.
  • Leroy Gordon Cooper, Jr.
  • Colonel Leroy Gordon Cooper
  • Col. Gordon Gooper
  • Col. Gordon Cooper
  • Gordo
  • The Oklahoma Hotdog
Parents
Spouses
Children
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Air Force Institute of Technology
Lived in
  • Oklahoma
Died
Oct 4, 2004
Ventura

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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