COLONEL GORDON COOPER JR. - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED - HFSID 293394
Sale Price $270.00
Envelope bearing ink stamp cachet of the Mercury recovery vessel USS Kearsage.
First Day Cover signed: "Gordon Cooper", 3½x6½. Envelope with ink stamp cachet of the carrier USS Kearsage, Mercury recovery team, and also the ink stamp mailing address of a collector in California, US postage affixed, postmark illegible. Leroy Gordon Cooper, Jr. (1927-2004), selected by NASA as an original Mercury astronaut in April 1959, piloted the Faith 7 spacecraft, the last Project Mercury flight, on a 22-orbit mission (May 15-16, 1963), becoming the first American in space for more than a day (34 hours and 19 minutes). In 1965, Cooper and Charles Conrad flew on Gemini 5 (August 21-29, 1965), making the longest flight in space (120 orbits in 190 hours) by either the U.S. or the U.S.S.R. until that time. Cooper later served as back up command pilot for Gemini 12 and back up Commander for Apollo 10 until retiring from NASA and the Air Force in 1970 to start a private consulting firm. Fine condition.
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