Gordon Cooper Net Worth, Biography, Age, Weight, Height


Gordon Cooper Net Worth

How rich is Leroy Gordon Cooper Jr.? For this question we spent 6 hours on research (Wikipedia, Youtube, we read books in libraries, etc) to review the post.

The main source of income: Actors
Total Net Worth at the moment 2024 year – is about $196,3 Million.



Leroy Gordon Cooper Jr. information Birth date: March 6, 1927, Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States Death date: October 4, 2004, Ventura, California, United States Birth place: Shawnee, Oklahoma, USA Height:5 8 (1.73 m) Profession:Actor Spouse:Susan Taylor (m. 1972–2004), Trudy Olson (m. 1947–1971) Children:Colleen Taylor, Elizabeth Jo Cooper, Camala Keoki Cooper Tharpe, Janita Lee Cooper Stone

Height, Weight

:How tall is Gordon Cooper – 1,85m.
How much weight is Gordon Cooper – 79kg


Gordon Cooper Net Worth
Gordon Cooper Net Worth
Gordon Cooper Net Worth
Gordon Cooper Net Worth


Leroy Gordon Gordo Cooper, Jr. (March 6, 1927 – October 4, 2004), (Col, USAF), better known as Gordon Cooper, was an American aerospace engineer, test pilot, United States Air Force pilot, and one of the seven original astronauts in Project Mercury, the first manned space program of the United States.Cooper piloted the longest and final Mercury spaceflight in 1963. He was the first American to sleep in space during that 34-hour mission and was the last American to be launched alone to conduct an entirely solo orbital mission. In 1965, Cooper flew as Command Pilot of Gemini 5.
Biography,Early life and educationCooper was born on March 6, 1927, in Shawnee, Oklahoma, to parents Leroy Gordon Cooper Sr. (Colonel, USAF, Ret.) and Hattie Lee (nee Herd) Cooper. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America where he achieved its second highest rank, Life Scout. Cooper attended Jefferson Elementary School and Shawnee High School in Shawnee, Oklahoma, and was involved in football and track. He moved to Murray, Kentucky, about two months before graduating with his class in 1945 when his father, Leroy Cooper Sr., a World War I veteran, was called back into service. He graduated from Murray High School in 1945.After he learned that the Army and Navy flying schools were not taking any candidates the year he graduated from high school, he decided to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. Cooper left for MCRD Parris Island as soon as he graduated. However, World War II had ended before he could get into combat. He was assigned then to the Naval Academy Preparatory School and was an alternate for an appointment to Annapolis, Maryland. The man who was the primary appointee made the grade so Cooper was reassigned in the Marines on guard duty in Washington, D.C. He was serving with the Presidential Honor Guard in Washington when he was released from duty along with other Marine reservists.Following his discharge from the Marine Corps, he went to Hawaii to live with his parents. His father was assigned to Hickam Field at the time. He started attending the University of Hawaii, and there he met his first wife, the former Trudy B. Olson of Seattle, Washington. She was quite active in flying, the only Mercury wife to have a pilots license. They were married on August 29, 1947 in Honolulu when Gordon was 20. They continued to live there for two more years while he continued his university studies.Military serviceCooper transferred his commission to the United States Air Force in 1949, was placed on active duty and received flight training at Perrin Air Force Base, Texas and Williams AFB, Arizona.Coopers first flight assignment came in 1950 at Landstuhl Air Base, West Germany, where he flew F-84 Thunderjets and F-86 Sabres for four years. He later became flight commander of the 525th Fighter Bomber Squadron. While in Germany, he also attended the European Extension of the University of Maryland. Returning to the United States in 1954, he studied for two years at the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology in Ohio, and in 1956 completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. Cooper was then assigned to the USAF Experimental Flight Test School (Class 56D) at Edwards Air Force Base in California, and after graduation was posted to the Flight Test Engineering Division at Edwards, where he served as a test pilot and project manager testing the F-102A and F-106B. He corrected several deficiencies in the F-106, saving the U.S. Air Force a great deal of money.Cooper logged more than 7,000 hours of flight time, with 4,000 hours in jet aircraft. He flew all types of commercial and general aviation airplanes and helicopters.NASA careerProject MercuryMain article: Mercury-Atlas 9How about right now?Replying to Charles Donlan, associate director of Project Mercury, who welcomed Cooper to the team, on his question when he could leave for Langley.Cooper in his Mercury spacesuit, the Navy Mark IVWhile at Edwards, Cooper was intrigued to read an announcement saying that a contract had been awarded to McDonnell Aircraft in St. Louis, Missouri, to build a space capsule. Shortly after this he was called to Washington, D.C., for a NASA briefing on Project Mercury and the part astronauts would play in it. Cooper went through the selection process with the other 109 pilots and was not surprised when he was accepted as the youngest of the first seven American astronauts.Each of the Mercury astronauts was assigned to a different portion of the project along with other special assignments. Cooper specialized in the Redstone rocket (and developed a personal survival knife, the Model 17 Astro from Randall Made Knives, for astronauts to carry). He also chaired the Emergency Egress Committee, responsible for working out emergency launch pad procedures for escape. Cooper served as capsule communicator (CAPCOM) for Alan Shepards first sub-orbital spaceflight in Mercury-Redstone 3 (Freedom 7) and Scott Carpenters flight on Mercury-Atlas 7 (Aurora 7). He was backup pilot for Wally Schirra in Mercury-Atlas 8 (Sigma 7).Cooper was launched into space on May 15, 1963, aboard the Mercury-Atlas 9 (Faith 7) spacecraft, the last Mercury mission. He orbited the Earth 22 times and logged more time in space than all five previous Mercury astronauts combined—34 hours, 19 minutes and 49 seconds—traveling 546,167 miles (878,971 km) at 17,547 mph (28,239 km/h), pulling a maximum of 7.6 g (74.48 m/s?). Cooper achieved an altitude of 165.9 statute miles (267 km) at apogee. He was the first American astronaut to sleep not only in orbit but on the launch pad during a countdown.Spam in a canCooper in an SSTV broadcast from Faith 7Like all Mercury flights, Faith 7 was designed for fully automatic control, a controversial engineering decision which in many ways reduced the role of an astronaut to that of a passenger, and prompted Chuck Yeager to describe Mercury astronauts as Spam in a can.Toward the end of the Faith 7 flight there were mission-threatening technical problems. During the 19th orbit, the capsule had a power failure. Carbon dioxide levels began rising, and the cabin temperature jumped to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38°C). Cooper turned to his understanding of star patterns, took manual control of the tiny capsule and successfully estimated the correct pitch for re-entry into the atmosphere. Some precision was needed in the calculation, since if the capsule came in too steep, g-forces would be too large, and if its trajectory were too shallow, it would shoot out of the atmosphere again, back into space. Cooper drew lines on the capsule window to help him check his orientation before firing the re-entry rockets. So I used my wrist watch for time, he later recalled, my eyeballs out the window for attitude. Then I fired my retrorockets at the right time and landed right by the carrier. Coopers cool-headed performance and piloting skills led to a basic rethinking of design philosophy for later space missions.[citation needed]Pete Conrad and Gordon Cooper on deck of recovery carrier USS Lake Champlain after Gemini 5 missionProject GeminiMain article: Gemini 5Two years later (August 21, 1965), Cooper flew as Command Pilot of Gemini 5 on an eight-day, 120-orbit mission with Pete Conrad. The two astronauts established a new space endurance record by traveling a distance of 3,312,993 miles (5,331,745 km) in 190 hours and 56 minutes, showing that astronauts could survive in space for the length of time necessary to go from the Earth to the Moon and back. Cooper was the first astronaut to make a second orbital flight and later served as backup Command Pilot for Gemini 12.Apollo programCooper was selected as backup Commander for the May 1969 Apollo 10 mission. He hoped this placed him in position as Commander of Apollo 13, according to the usual crew rotation procedure established by the Flight Crew Operations Director – grounded fellow Mercury astronaut Deke Slayton. However, by May 1969, when another grounded Mercury astronaut, Slaytons assistant Alan Shepard was returned to flight status, Slayton replaced Cooper with Shepard as Commander of this crew, which was then reassigned to Apollo 14 in order to give Shepard more time to train. Loss of this command placed Cooper farther down the flight rotation, meaning he would not fly until one of the later flights, if ever.Retirement from astronaut corpsDisappointed by the reduced chances of commanding a Moon landing flight, Cooper retired from NASA and the Air Force on July 31, 1970, as a Colonel, having flown 222 hours in space. In his book Leap of Faith (pp. 176–183), Cooper charged that Shepard and Slayton had taken unfair advantage of their control of Apollo flight crew assignments by giving him the third-in-a-row backup crew assignment, in order to promote their own chances of flying.However, Cooper had developed a lax attitude towards training during the Gemini program, for the Gemini 5 mission, other astronauts had to coax him into the simulator. He also entered the 24 Hours of Daytona road race while training. Slayton felt this placed him in too much danger and cancelled his entry.Slayton wrote in his memoirs that he never intended to rotate Cooper to another mission, and assigned him to the Apollo 10 backup crew simply because of a lack of qualified Astronaut Office manpower at the time the assignment needed to be made. Cooper, Slayton noted, had a very small chance of receiving the Apollo 13 command if he did an outstanding job with the assignment, which he did not.Later yearsCooper received an Honorary D.Sc. from Oklahoma State University in 1967. His autoBiography, , Leap of Faith (ISBN 0-06-019416-2), co-authored by Bruce Henderson, recounted his experiences with the Air Force and NASA, along with his efforts to expose an alleged UFO conspiracy theory. Cooper was also a major contributor to the book In the Shadow of the Moon (published after his death), which offered Coopers final published thoughts on his life and career.After leaving NASA, Cooper served on several corporate boards and as technical consultant for more than a dozen companies in fields ranging from high performance boat design to energy, construction, and aircraft design. During the 1970s, he worked for The Walt Disney Company as a Vice President of research and development for Epcot.Coopers hobbies included treasure hunting, archeology, racing, flying, skiing, boating, hunting, and fishing.Personal lifeCooper married his first wife, Trudy B. Olson (born Seattle, Washington, on February 19, 1927, died March 8, 1994[11]), in 1947. She was a flight instructor where he was training. Together, they had two daughters: Camala Keoki, born 1948, and Janita Lee, born 1950, who died 2007.[12] The couple divorced in 1971.Cooper married Suzan Taylor in 1972. Together, they had two daughters: Elizabeth Jo, born in 1979, and Colleen Taylor, born in 1980. The couple remained married until his death in 2004.[13]DeathCooper developed Parkinsons disease and died at age 77 from heart failure at his home in Ventura, California, on October 4, 2004. His death occurred on the 47th anniversary of the Sputnik 1 launch and the same day that SpaceShipOne made its second official qualifying flight.


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