Loss of faith: Gordon Cooper's post-NASA stories

Loss of faith: Gordon Cooper's post-NASA stories

The last person to experience solo space flight  -- for the U.S., at least -- was Leroy Gordon Cooper, Jr., who piloted NASA's final Mercury mission, Atlas 9, 50 years ago this week.

2,060 Minutes: Gordo Cooper and the Last American Solo Flight in Space

The last person to experience solo space flight -- for the U.S., at least -- was Leroy Gordon Cooper, Jr., who piloted NASA's final Mercury mission, Atlas 9, 50 years ago this week.

2004.0127.8 - B&W photo of UDT 11, Gordon Cooper recovery, USS Kearsarge (CVS-33)

2004.0127.8 - B&W photo of UDT 11, Gordon Cooper recovery, USS Kearsarge (CVS-33)

2004.0127.9 - B&W photo of UDT 11, Gordon Cooper recovery, USS Kearsarge (CVS-33)

2004.0127.9 - B&W photo of UDT 11, Gordon Cooper recovery, USS Kearsarge (CVS-33)

Astronaut Gordon Cooper Talks About UFOs - YouTube. UFO aliens examine humans and cause fear. They are not of God.

Astronaut Gordon Cooper Talks About UFOs - YouTube. UFO aliens examine humans and cause fear. They are not of God.

Mercury Spacecraft, designed and built by McDonnell, St. Louis for NASA. Signed by the six astronauts who flew in the Mercury program: Alan B Shepard, Gus Grissom, J H Glenn, Jr., Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra and Gordon Cooper.

Mercury Spacecraft, designed and built by McDonnell, St. Louis for NASA. Signed by the six astronauts who flew in the Mercury program: Alan B Shepard, Gus Grissom, J H Glenn, Jr., Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra and Gordon Cooper.

Gordon Cooper was part of the first class of NASA astronauts. He saw some stuff.

Gordon Cooper was part of the first class of NASA astronauts. He saw some stuff.

Gordon Cooper - Toward the end of his Faith 7 space flight there were mission-threatening technical problem when his capsule had a power failure. Carbon dioxide levels began rising, and the cabin temperature jumped to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38°C). Cooper fell back on his understanding of star patterns, took manual control of the tiny capsule and successfully estimated the correct pitch for re-entry into the atmosphere.

Gordon Cooper - Toward the end of his Faith 7 space flight there were mission-threatening technical problem when his capsule had a power failure. Carbon dioxide levels began rising, and the cabin temperature jumped to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38°C). Cooper fell back on his understanding of star patterns, took manual control of the tiny capsule and successfully estimated the correct pitch for re-entry into the atmosphere.

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