Gordon Cooper


Born: 3/6/1927 in Shawnee, Oklahoma, USA
Died: 10/4/2004
Age: 77
Cause of death: heart failure

Full name: Leroy Gordon Cooper Jr.
Noted For: One of the original seven Mercury astronauts; became the first astronaut to spend 24 hours in space with his Mercury 9 flight (1963); also commanded the Gemini 5 mission (1965).