The astronaut Gordon Cooper Jr. died at the age of 77. Here is all you want to know, and more!
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One of NASA’s original seven Mercury astronauts, he spent 34 hours alone in a space capsule, demonstrating the possibility of reaching the moon.
He grew up in Shawnee, Oklahoma, until his senior year of high school when his father was called up by the military and the family moved to Kentucky.
He was 77. Cooper, who piloted the last flight of NASA’s Mercury program and later set a space endurance record during a Gemini mission, died of natural causes, said a spokesman for the Ventura County medical examiner.