LAST MERCURY FLIGHT ON THIS DATE IN 1963

           mercury cooper 9-patch-small
gordon cooper

Astronaut Gordon Cooper (above) was launched into space on May 15,
1963 aboard the Mercury-Atlas  (Faith 7) spacecraft. After 22 Earth orbits,
34 hours, 19 minutes and 49 seconds, traveling 546,167 miles, Cooper
logged more time in space than all five previous Mercury astronaut’s
combined. His return to Earth brought Project Mercury to a close.

cooper prepairing for flight
Gordon Cooper preparing  to enter the Faith 7 capsule for his mission.

Mercury Atlas 9 rocket
The Mercury Atlas 9 rocket leaving the launch pad.

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