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Gordon Cooper

American - ( NASA)

Deceased

Date of Birth: March 6, 1927
Date of Death: Oct. 4, 2004


Leroy Gordon "Gordo" Cooper Jr. was an American aerospace engineer, test pilot, United States Air Force pilot, and the youngest of the seven original astronauts in Project Mercury, the first manned space program of the United States. Cooper piloted the longest and final Mercury spaceflight in 1963. He was the first American to sleep in space during that 34-hour mission and was the last American to be launched alone to conduct an entirely solo orbital mission. In 1965, Cooper flew as Command Pilot of Gemini 5.

Atlas LV-3B | Mercury-Atlas 9

National Aeronautics and Space Administration | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
May 15, 1963, 1:04 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Human Exploration

Mercury-Atlas 9 was the final manned spaceflight of the United States' Mercury program. It carried the Faith 7 spacecraft with astronaut Gordon Cooper to orbit where it completed 22 orbits seconds before reentry. The mission lasted for, 34 hours, 19 minutes & 49 seconds. This was the last time an American was launched to space on a solo orbital mission. The mission had several technical problems, the biggest which was a short-circuit in the bus bar serving the 250 volt main inverter causing the automatic stabilization and control system to stop working during the 21st orbit. In the end Cooper had to use lines he had drawn on the window and his wristwatch to correctly execute burns to safely re-enter the atmosphere.

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Titan II GLV | Gemini V

National Aeronautics and Space Administration | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Aug. 21, 1965, 1:59 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Human Exploration

Gemini 5 was the third crewed mission of the NASA's Project Gemini. The mission was commanded by Command Pilot L. Gordon Cooper, Jr. and Pilot Charles "Pete" Conrad, Jr. The mission began on August 21, 1965, 13:59:59 UTC and ended on August 29, 1965, 12:55:13 UTC.

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Administrator: Jim Bridenstine

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA have many launch facilities but most are inactive. The most commonly used pad will be LC-39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


Kuaizhou
Success
5 days, 3 hours ago
Kuaizhou
Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Long March 6
Success
1 week, 2 days ago
Ningxia 1 (x5)
Unknown Pad - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

Ningxia 1 is a constellation of remote sensing satellites developed by Dongfanghong Satellite Co., Ltd.


Kuaizhou
Success
1 week, 2 days ago
Jilin-1-02A
Unknown Pad - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Jilin-1 is a series of Chinese commercial remote sensing satellites.


Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
1 week, 3 days ago
Starlink 1
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

A batch of 60 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system. Since the demo launch of...


Long March 3
Success
2 weeks, 3 days ago
Beidou-3 IGSO-3
Launch Complex 3 ( LC-3 ) ( LA-1 ) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Beidou is a Chinese satellite navigation system. Beidou-3 IGSO-3 is another addition to the part of the constellation consisting of satellites in a...