Gordon Cooper Jr.

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Birthday
6, 1927
Birthplace
Shawnee, OK
Death Date
Oct 4, 2004 (77)
Birth Sign
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Birthday
6, 1927
Birthplace
Shawnee, OK
Death Date
Oct 4, 2004 (77)

About

One of NASA's original seven Mercury astronauts, he spent 34 hours alone in a space capsule, demonstrating the possibility of reaching the moon.

Before Fame

He served in the Marine Corps and as a test pilot in the U.S. Air Force before joining Project Mercury.

Trivia

He set an endurance record on an eight-day Gemini 5 mission, traveling more than 3.3 million miles over the course of the trip.

Family Life

He grew up in Shawnee, Oklahoma, until his senior year of high school when his father was called up by the military and the family moved to Kentucky.

Associated With

Gus Grissom was another one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts.