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Posted: 10/4/2004 2:24:49 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 2:30:58 PM EST


Link Posted: 10/4/2004 2:32:33 PM EST
Gordon Cooper Jr., the astronaut who piloted the sixth and last flight of the Mercury program and later commanded Gemini 5, died earlier today at his home in Ventura, Calif. He was 77 years old.
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 2:32:56 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 2:33:07 PM EST
Definitely the Right Stuff.
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 2:37:50 PM EST
Rest in peace, Gordo.....
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 2:41:21 PM EST

Originally Posted By nightstalker:
Definitely the Right Stuff.



Indeed! I couldn't agree more. Semper Fi, Marine, you will be missed.

Link Posted: 10/4/2004 2:42:20 PM EST


SGatr15
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 2:42:21 PM EST

I wonder if he got to see the Spaceship One flight before he passed? That would be a hell of a thing, if so. I certainly hope that he did.

Link Posted: 10/4/2004 2:44:22 PM EST

Originally Posted By Zaphod:
Rest in peace, Gordo.....


+1

Grissom, Shepard, Cooper. These guys were my heroes growing up.

Link Posted: 10/4/2004 2:44:54 PM EST
Gotta watch "The Right Stuff" tonight in his honor...happy trails, Gordo...
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 2:48:40 PM EST
happy trails Hotdog
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 3:35:14 PM EST


" Trudy... who's the best pilot you ever saw, huh? "


Link Posted: 10/4/2004 3:46:19 PM EST
Another real man passes.

Atten HUH!

Preseeeent ARMS!

[bugler]Taps[bugler]
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 3:56:07 PM EST
Fuckin' A Gordo.
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 3:58:52 PM EST
See ya 'round, hotdog
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 4:05:34 PM EST
RIP!
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 4:06:41 PM EST
Go, Hot Dog, GO!

On a day when we celebrate the common man's first opportunities to travel to space, we also must commemorate the likes of Shepard, Grissom, Glenn, Carpenter, Schirra, Cooper and Slayton - the original Mercury Seven astronauts. So too should we remeber that there once existed in the high desert a rare breed of man who would fly the wings off of anything he could get his hands on: Crossfield, Yeager, Knight, Edwards and many more.

To all the pioneers of high-speed, high-altitude and space flight, thanks for the dreams!
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 4:08:57 PM EST
Hurrah for the nation that makes such heroes.

Godspeed, Marine.

Ops
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 4:09:39 PM EST
Godspeed, Gordo.

SG
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 4:17:30 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/4/2004 4:18:36 PM EST by RiffRandall]

Originally Posted By Ops:
Hurrah for the nation that makes such heroes.

Godspeed, Marine.

Ops



USMC, Army & Airforce according to the NASA obit.

Link Posted: 10/4/2004 4:19:39 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/4/2004 4:20:10 PM EST by AZ_Sky]
Gordon Cooper, God be with you.

You are now flying the highest orbit...


Not to hijack the thread but -
You know, these guys flew these rockets into space and back on calculations from engineers who used these, not floating point calculators:


The faith in fellow man during this time was/is astounding!
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 4:23:26 PM EST

Originally Posted By AZ_Sky:
Gordon Cooper, God be with you.

You are now flying the highest orbit...


Not to hijack the thread but -
You know, these guys flew these rockets into space and back on calculations from engineers who used these, not floating point calculators:
www.pbase.com/image/34645608.jpg

The faith in fellow man during this time was/is astounding!

They also used their imagination.
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 9:26:05 PM EST

Originally Posted By DzlBenz:

Originally Posted By AZ_Sky:
Gordon Cooper, God be with you.

You are now flying the highest orbit...


Not to hijack the thread but -
You know, these guys flew these rockets into space and back on calculations from engineers who used these, not floating point calculators:
www.pbase.com/image/34645608.jpg

The faith in fellow man during this time was/is astounding!

They also used their imagination and vision of the future.



Thats better.

...as he slips the surley bonds of the earth.
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 9:35:28 PM EST

Originally Posted By DPeacher:

Originally Posted By nightstalker:
Definitely the Right Stuff.



Indeed! I couldn't agree more. Semper Fi, Marine, you will be missed.




Dave, Col. Cooper was Air Force. But I reiterate your sentiment.
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 9:54:39 PM EST
Whenever one of them go, it kind of hurts.
They were and still are my heroes.
When I was young they captured my imagination,
and I wanted to be like them.
They are a breed apart.


Off we go, into the wild blue yonder...

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