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Sunday, May 15, 2016
Gordon Cooper in Faith 7 launched 1963
Oklahoma native Gordon Cooper blasted off May 15, 1963 in the Faith 7 spacecraft for what would be the last solo flight for an American astronaut. The mission, Mercury-Atlas 9, was the last of NASA's Mercury program.
Thirty-four hours and twenty minutes after liftoff, Cooper splashed down in the Pacific Ocean four miles from the USS Kearsarge.