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Posted by Eric on May 12, 2020
Ever Hear of "Gordo" Cooper?
Gordon "Gordo" Cooper Jr. made history when on May 15, 1963 he was launched into space. Cooper spent 34 hours in space, orbiting the Earth 22 times. He became the first American to spend an entire day in space, the first to sleep in space, and the last American launched on an entirely solo orbital mission.
Cooper also became the first astronaut to make a second orbital flight in 19
65 which set a new space endurance record by traveling over 3 million miles over the course of nearly eight days. This set the groundwork for "moon shots" as that's the time needed to travel to the Moon and back.Who knew?
This is just one remarkable story from LIFE Magazine that graced our nation for nearly 70 years before going out of print. The articles (and the fun ads, see image on the right) make LIFE fun again! Regardless of the date you choose, you're in for a old-school treat.
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