Gordon Cooper & Alan Shepard
Leroy Gordon Cooper, Jr. (March 6, 1927October 4, 2004), also known as Gordon Cooper, was an American aeronautical engineer, test pilot and one of the seven original astronauts in Project Mercury, the first manned space program of the United States. Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr. (November 18, 1923 – July 21, 1998) was an American naval aviator, test pilot, flag officer, and NASA astronaut who in 1961 became the second person, and the first American, in space. /5
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I'm gonna be an astronaut next. Gordon Cooper, maybe Alan Shepard.
On This Day: April 9 On April 9, 1865, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia. On April 9, 1903, Gregory Pincus, the American scientist whose discoveries led to the development of the first birth-control pills, was born. Following his death on Aug. 22, 1967, his obituary appeared in The Times. 1939 Black singer Marian Anderson performed at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., after she was denied the use of Constitution Hall by the Daughters of the American Revolution because of her race. 1940 Germany invaded Denmark and Norway during World War II. 1942 American and Philippine defenders on Bataan capitulated to Japanese forces during World War II. 1959 NASA announced the selection of America's first seven astronauts: Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard and Donald Slayton. 1969 The album "Nashville Skyline" by Bob Dylan was released. 1992 Former Panamanian ruler Manuel Nor ...
America's first astronauts. Front row, left to right: Walter M. "Wally" Schirra Jr., Donald K. "Deke" Slayton, John H. Glenn Jr., M. Scott Carpenter; back row: Alan B. Shepard Jr., Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom and L. Gordon Cooper, Jr. On Feb. 20, 1962, an Atlas rocket successfully carried Sen. John Glenn and the hopes of an entire nation into orbit aboard Friendship 7, a flight that ushered in a new era of space travel that eventually led to Americans walking on the moon by the end of the 1960s. Glenn was soon followed into orbit by colleagues Scott Carpenter, Walter Schirra and Gordon Cooper. Their fellow Mercury astronauts Alan Shepard and Virgil "Gus" Grissom flew earlier suborbital flights. Deke Slayton was grounded by a medical condition until the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project in 1975. NASA commemorated the 45th anniversary of Americans in orbit with a special multimedia salute to the original Mercury astronauts and new interviews with Sen. John Glenn, Scott Carpenter and Walter Schirra. Hosted by NASA astro ...
RIP Scott Carpenter. Your daring and courage helped shape the American space program. A group of men who were fearless in their pursuit of early space travel: John Glenn is the lone survivor of the Mercury Seven, which included Carpenter, Glenn, L. Gordon Cooper, Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Walter Schirra, Alan Shepard and Donald "Deke" Slayton.
Good Morning Everybody. Lke many people that grew up during the 1960’s I have always been a Science Fiction fan. In high school, I got to take a social studies elective that featured “Science Fiction.” I actually got class credit for reading Science Fiction stories. I passed that class with flying colors. That love of Science Fiction was fueled by our Space Race with the Soviet Union. When the Soviets launched Sputnik in 1957, it set off a race to the moon between the two countries. Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper, and Deke Slayton were the true heroes of that race. They were our original Mercury Seven astronauts. They were among my heroes growing up. We lost one of those men yesterday, Scott Carpenter. He was 88 years old. He helped America show what we can accomplish, if we set our collectives minds to it. I hope that is something our government leaders consider while they struggle with our Federal government shutdown and the looming debt crisi ...
One of the early hero's of manned spaceflight died yesterday. RIP Scott Carpenter who boldly went where no man had been before. A little known fact is that the Thunderbirds were named after Scott and his fellow Mercury 7 astronauts, Virgil "Gus" Grissom, John Glenn, Gordon Cooper, Alan Shepard. Only John Glenn left from these brave explorers.
RIP Scott Carpenter! All my childhood heroes are slowly dying off! John Glenn is still alive but Neil Armstrong, Alan Shepard and Gordon Cooper have passed away. John Glenn is the only one of the Mercury Seven still alive now. God Speed Scott Carpenter!
RIP Scott Carpenter. I played my pipes for Scott and the other Mercury astronauts on the Scottish steam yacht Media on the day they were inducted into the Aerospace Hall of Fame. Scott, Alan Shepard,Gordon Cooper and John Glenn were very curious about the mechanics of the bagpipe, so I took the instrument apart, pulled out all of the reeds and showed how everything functioned. With the astronauts, gathered arround me, I remember thinking that it was worth all the effort it took to learn to play the pipes just to have that moment. They were my boyhood heros. Sadly, Gus Grissom could not be there although I did speak with Betty, his wife.
After reading Science Fiction in my youth, watching the Disneyland TV series few Tomorrowland episodes about space flight, a few films and TV shows about travelling in space, the NASA Mercury program was the reality which followed the speculative fiction. The seven original Mercury astronauts were hyped by Life magazine, stamps from the US Post Office, books, models of spacecraft and rockets, and every newspaper I could find. Alan Shepard was the first Mercury astronaut in space, he died in 1998. Gus Grissom was among the astronauts who died in Apollo I in 1967. Deke Slayton, who never flew in the Mercury project, died in 1993. Wally Schirra died in 2007. Gordon Cooper died in 2004. Today, Scott Carpenter died, leaving John Glenn as the sole living member of the Mercury Seven.
Scott Carpenter, Virgil 'Gus' Grissom, Alan Shepard, Gordon Cooper & John Glenn. Strange what you remember from your childhood
Alan Shepard, Gordon Cooper's backup, is riding up the gantry elevator to Faith 7 to begin preflight capsule checkout.
I spent time with and interviewed Alan Shepard...Gordon Cooper...Wally Schirra at the '96 Olympics. Phone interview with John Glenn a thrill
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