Space History | 1963-05-15 | Final Flight of Project Mercury

Entrance to Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 14 - Mercury-Atlas

Entrance to Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 14 – Mercury-Atlas

May 15 1963 – Mercury-Atlas 9, carrying NASA Astronaut Gordon Cooper in his Faith 7 capsule, was rocketed into orbit by an Atlas booster.

The launch took place where all the Mercury-Atlas rockets were launched – Space Launch Complex 14 at Kennedy Space Center. Cooper was the first American in space for over a day, and the first person to sleep in space.

Gordon Cooper was the youngest of the original Mercury 7 Astronauts. After Project Mercury, Cooper flew an 8-day mission as commander of Gemini V with Pete Conrad. Cooper passed away on October 4 2004, the very day that SpaceShipOne won the X-Prize.

Launch Complex 14 (Launch Table) as it appears today

Launch Complex 14 (Launch Table) as it appears today

Until SpaceShipOne, Gordon Cooper was the last man to fly into space alone. And yes, when asked ‘who is the best pilot you ever saw,’ Cooper’s answer was, “You’re looking at him.”

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3 Responses to Space History | 1963-05-15 | Final Flight of Project Mercury

  1. Is good to have someone to comment about the whole space programs, a big task, best wishes

  2. Charlie Mars says:

    As I recall the launch of MA-9 the gantry would not come down at one time and some well meaning
    person wanted to bring in a bulldozer with a long cable and pull it down. That would have really messed up the gears. Cooler heads prevailed and the problem was solved without hitting the gantry with a bigger hammer.

  3. Pingback: Space History | 1963-05-16 | End of Project Mercury – Launch Site Photos | Space Race Leadership

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