The last person to experience solo space flight  -- for the U.S., at least -- was Leroy Gordon Cooper, Jr., who piloted NASA's final Mercury mission, Atlas 9, 50 years ago this week.

2,060 Minutes: Gordo Cooper and the Last American Solo Flight in Space

The last person to experience solo space flight -- for the U.S., at least -- was Leroy Gordon Cooper, Jr., who piloted NASA's final Mercury mission, Atlas 9, 50 years ago this week.

Astronaut Gordon Cooper Talks About UFOs -- People these were Astronauts, pilots, think about that. Not some common people who want some free publicity. These men are putting their reputation on the line, ...

Astronaut Gordon Cooper Talks About UFOs -- People these were Astronauts, pilots, think about that. Not some common people who want some free publicity. These men are putting their reputation on the line, ...

Leroy Gordon Cooper (NASA Photo S64-31847). The loss of Neil reminds me of how much I miss Gordo's spirit.

Leroy Gordon Cooper (NASA Photo S64-31847). The loss of Neil reminds me of how much I miss Gordo's spirit.

Loss of faith: Gordon Cooper's post-NASA stories

Loss of faith: Gordon Cooper's post-NASA stories

Gordon Cooper, Shawnee, OK. NASA Astronaut, Mercury and Gemini missions. Sighted UFOs starting in 1951.

Gordon Cooper, Shawnee, OK. NASA Astronaut, Mercury and Gemini missions. Sighted UFOs starting in 1951.

NASA selected Astronaut L. Gordon Cooper in 1959 as one of the 7 astronauts for their Mercury Project. In 1 1/2 days, the Faith 7 spacecraft orbited the Earth 22 times. (photo: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Collection)

NASA selected Astronaut L. Gordon Cooper in 1959 as one of the 7 astronauts for their Mercury Project. In 1 1/2 days, the Faith 7 spacecraft orbited the Earth 22 times. (photo: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Collection)

On April 9, 1959, NASA announced the first seven American astronauts: Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper, and Deke Slayton. These seven men would become known as the Mercury Seven.

On April 9, 1959, NASA announced the first seven American astronauts: Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper, and Deke Slayton. These seven men would become known as the Mercury Seven.

Gordon Cooper one of the original 7 Gemini astronaut, born in Shawnee, Okla.  featured in The Right Stuff (Dennis Quaid part)

Gordon Cooper one of the original 7 Gemini astronaut, born in Shawnee, Okla. featured in The Right Stuff (Dennis Quaid part)

2004.0127.8 - B&W photo of UDT 11, Gordon Cooper recovery, USS Kearsarge (CVS-33)

2004.0127.8 - B&W photo of UDT 11, Gordon Cooper recovery, USS Kearsarge (CVS-33)

An Astronaut's UFO Experience - Gordon Cooper. When 'War of the Worlds" was first put on the radio people lost their minds. Much of the abudcted experience PTSD. To know that not only other sentient species, but a few non-benevolent species exist, would cause some people to lose their minds and they know that.But it's time to rip off the mental bandaid folks.All religions have these things in them, you have already been prepared.

An Astronaut's UFO Experience - Gordon Cooper. When 'War of the Worlds" was first put on the radio people lost their minds. Much of the abudcted experience PTSD. To know that not only other sentient species, but a few non-benevolent species exist, would cause some people to lose their minds and they know that.But it's time to rip off the mental bandaid folks.All religions have these things in them, you have already been prepared.

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