Gordon Cooper - Toward the end of his Faith 7 space flight there were mission-threatening technical problem when his capsule had a power failure. Carbon dioxide levels began rising, and the cabin temperature jumped to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38°C). Cooper fell back on his understanding of star patterns, took manual control of the tiny capsule and successfully estimated the correct pitch for re-entry into the atmosphere.
Gordon Cooper, (March 6, 1927 – October 4, 2004), also known as Gordon Cooper, was an American aeronautical engineer, test pilot and NASA astronaut. He was a member of Carbondale Lodge 82 in Carbondale, Colorado and was given the honorary 33rd Degree by the Scottish Rite Masonic body.
One of the original Mercury Astronauts and the last American to fly in space alone. On May 15, 1963 he shot into space in a Mercury capsule for a 22 orbit journey around the world. During the final orbit, Major Gordon Cooper told the tracking station at Muchea (near Perth, Australia) that he could see a glowing, greenish object ahead of him quickly approaching his capsule. The UFO was real and solid, because it was picked up by Muchea’s tracking radar. Cooper’s sighting was repor
Visit of astronauts Major L. Gordon Cooper, Lieutenant Colonel Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, Major Donald K. "Deke" Slayton, Lieutenant Commander Walter Schirra, Lieutenant Commander M. Scott Carpenter, Commander Alan B. Shepard, and their wives - John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum