One of the Mercury 7 astronauts, Leroy Gordon Cooper Jr. flew the sixth and last Mercury mission in the Faith 7. He also flew the Gemini 5 mission. He preferred to be called Gordon Cooper, or just “Gordo” to his friends. The youngest of the Mercury astronauts, he theorized that he could have gotten an Apollo mission if office politics hadn't conspired against him, and could have commanded a manned mission to Mars if support for NASA hadn't waned after the Apollo 11 lunar landing.


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