Cooper, Gordon, 1927-2004

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Gordon Cooper (b. March 6, 1927-d. Oct. 4, 2004) was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He was selected as a Mercury astronaut in April 1959, and on May 15-16, 1963, he piloted the "Faith 7" spacecraft on a 22-orbit mission which concluded the operational phase of Project Mercury. He later served as command pilot of the 8-day 120-revolution Gemini 5 mission which began on August 21, 1965. It was on this flight that he and pilot Charles Conrad established a new space endurance record by traveling a distance of 3,312,993 miles in an elapsed time of 190 hours and 56 minutes. Cooper also became the first man to make a second orbital flight and thus won for the United States the lead in man-hours in space. He served as backup command pilot for Gemini 12 and as backup commander for Apollo X. Cooper retired from the Air Force and NASA in 1970.

From the description of Cooper, Gordon, 1927-2004 (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 10567925

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referencedIn Fox Movietone News Collection. 1957 - 1963. Motion Picture Newsreel Films. 1957 - 1963. MOVIETONE NEWS
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referencedIn Seven Astronauts Were Needed for Seven Vital Jobs United States. National Archives and Records Administration. Southwest Region
referencedIn The World Was There United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Records of U.S. Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations. 1900 - 2003. Moving Images Relating to Military Aviation Activities. 1947 - 1984. MAJOR L. GORDAN COOPER, JR. STORY
referencedIn Records of U.S. Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations. 1900 - 2003. Moving Images Relating to Military Aviation Activities. 1947 - 1984. PRESIDENT JOHNSON PRESENTS HARMON TROPHIES
referencedIn Edward Purdy Ney Papers, 1941-1996 University of Minnesota Libraries. University of Minnesota Archives. [uarc]
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creatorOf Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Visibility Laboratory. Films, 1965. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
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referencedIn [Astronauts] Gordon Cooper, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, and John Glenn: 40th Anniversary of Americans in Orbit United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Papers of John F. Kennedy: President's Office Files. 1/20/1961 - 11/22/1963. Subjects. 1/20/1961 - 11/22/1963. Astronauts: L. Gordon Cooper. 1961 - 1963. Message, Khruschev to Kennedy Congratulations on flight of Scott Cooper May 17, 1963
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referencedIn Ney, Edward Purdy, 1920-. Edward Purdy Ney Papers, 1941-1996. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
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referencedIn General Records of the Department of the Navy. 1941 - 2004. Moving Images Relating to Military Activities. 1947 - 1980. ASTRONAUT COOPERquot;S ARRIVAL AT HICKAM AFB
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referencedIn PACIFIC FLEET DEPLOYMENT AND POST RECOVERY ACTIVITIES United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Marshall Star, 1960 - 2006 United States. National Archives and Records Administration. Atlanta Branch
referencedIn Records of U.S. Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations. 1900 - 2003. Moving Images Relating to Military Aviation Activities. 1947 - 1984. Maj Leroy G. Cooper receives award and addresses Congress, Washington, DC
referencedIn Fox Movietone News Collection. 1957 - 1963. Motion Picture Newsreel Films. 1957 - 1963. MOVIETONE NEWS
editorOf MECURY SPACECRAFT 7 MR-3 ON BOARD PERISCOPE FOOTAGE, AND ASTRONAUT SHEPARD PAST MISSION ACTIVITY United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Records of U.S. Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations. 1900 - 2003. Moving Images Relating to Military Aviation Activities. 1947 - 1984. MERCURY ASTRONAUTS ZERO-G INDOCTRINATION FLIGHTS, EDWARDS AFB, CALIFORNIA
referencedIn Hearst Metrotone News, Inc., Collection. 1937 - 1942. News of the Day Motion Picture Newsreel Films. 10/1963 - 12/1967. News of the Day (Sept. 22)
referencedIn Records of the U.S. Information Agency. 1900 - 2003. Audio Recordings. 1942 - 1999. IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE COOPER FLIGHT
referencedIn Rocket Garden Dedication with the Mercury Astronauts: Long Version - Interviews with Gordon Cooper, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, and John Glenn United States. National Archives and Records Administration
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associatedWith Smithers, W. D. (Wilfred Dudley), 1895-1981. person
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Birth 1927-03-06

Death 2004-10-04

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