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From ancient astronomers to fantasy authors to modern-day scientists, visionaries dreamed for centuries about travel beyond Earth into outer space. On a spring day in 1959, America's fledgling space agency introduced seven military test pilots who would turn the stuff of science fiction into the "right stuff," launching the nation into the future.
Astronaut Gordon Cooper launched aboard the final Mercury mission May 15, 1963, logging in more time in space than all the previous Mercury astronauts combined. He flew the Faith 7 spacecraft around the Earth 22 times and logged in over 34 hours in space.
The planned launch sometime in March of a rocket carrying the ashes of actor James Doohan, who played chief engineer Montgomery Scott on "Star Trek," and Mercury program astronaut Gordon Cooper will give a fitting send-off to two men who helped popularize human space exploration.
Gordon Cooper was an American engineer and astronaut, and was the first American to sleep in orbit. He was born Leroy Gordon Cooper, Jr. on March 6, 1927 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America and achieved the second highest rank of Life Scout. He attended the University of Hawaii and completed three years of coursework before he received an Army commission. Cooper met his first wife Trudy and married her in 1947. Together they had two children, Camala and Janita....
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