Gordon Cooper

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Gordon Cooper
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Born
Leroy Gordon Cooper Jr.

(1927-03-06)March 6, 1927
DiedOctober 4, 2004(2004-10-04) (aged 77)
NationalityUnited States
Alma materUniversity of Hawaii
University of Maryland
Air Force Institute of Technology, B.S. 1956
OccupationTest pilot
AwardsLegion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross (2)
NASA Distinguished Service Medal
NASA Exceptional Service Medal
Space career
NASA Astronaut
RankUS-O6 insignia.svg Colonel, USAF
Time in space
9d 09h 14m
Selection1959 NASA Group 1
MissionsMercury-Atlas 9, Gemini 5
Mission insignia
Faith 7 insignia.gif Gemini-5-logo.png
RetirementJuly 31, 1970

Leroy Gordon "Gordo" Cooper Jr. (March 6, 1927 – October 4, 2004) was an American aerospace engineer, test pilot, United States Air Force pilot, and the youngest of the seven original astronauts in Project Mercury, the first human space program of the United States.

Cooper died at age 77 from heart failure at his home in Ventura, California, on October 4, 2004.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. Wald, Matthew L. (October 5, 2004). "Gordon Cooper, Astronaut, Is Dead at 77". The New York Times. Retrieved July 10, 2015.