Leroy Gordon Cooper was an American astronaut who was born on March 6,
1927, in Oklahoma.
Before he became an astronaut, Cooper was an Air Force pilot.
Cooper became an astronaut in 1959. He was one of the original Mercury
astronauts. He has spent over 224 hours in space on 2 spaceflights.
Cooper piloted the last Mercury mission in 1963. He spent over 34 hours
in space. He was also the first American astronaut to actually sleep in
In 1965, Cooper commanded Gemini 5. This mission was showed that
astronauts could survive in space for 8 days. This is how long it takes
to reach the moon.
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