Leroy Gordon Cooper Jr.
March 6, 1927
Shawnee, Oklahoma, U.S.
|Died||October 4, 2004 (aged 77)|
Ventura, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Hawaii|
University of Maryland
Air Force Institute of Technology, B.S. 1956
|Awards||Legion of Merit|
Distinguished Flying Cross (2)
NASA Distinguished Service Medal
NASA Exceptional Service Medal
Time in space
|9d 09h 14m|
|Selection||1959 NASA Group 1|
|Missions||Mercury-Atlas 9, Gemini 5|
|Retirement||July 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.
References[change | change source]
- Wald, Matthew L. (October 5, 2004). "Gordon Cooper, Astronaut, Is Dead at 77". The New York Times. Retrieved July 10, 2015.