Gordon Cooper: Born March 6, (1927-2004)

Leroy Gordon Cooper was one of the original seven astronauts in Project Mercury. Born in Oklahoma, one can not forget the raucous portrayal of him by Dennis Quaid in the movie “the right stuff” written by Tom Wolfe. Cooper served in the Marines in 1945-46 prior to joining the space program. Forever known in UFO circles as one of the few astronauts brave enough to publicly mention his several encounters with “saucer-type” craft. Gordon Cooper passed away from heart problems and complications from Parkinson’s.

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