Gordon Cooper

1927 - 2004

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Leroy Gordon Cooper Jr. (March 6, 1927 – October 4, 2004) was an American aerospace engineer, test pilot, United States Air Force pilot, and the youngest of the seven original astronauts in Project Mercury, the first human space program of the United States. Cooper learned to fly as a child, and after service in the United States Marine Corps during World War II, he was commissioned into the United States Air Force in 1949. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gordon Cooper has received more than 3,244,116 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Gordon Cooper is the 67th most popular astronaut (down from 48th in 2019), the 2,992nd most popular biography from United States (down from 2,519th in 2019) and the 31st most popular American Astronaut.

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Among astronauts, Gordon Cooper ranks 67 out of 556Before him are Jügderdemidiin Gürragchaa, Richard F. Gordon Jr., Christa McAuliffe, Vyacheslav Zudov, Aleksei Gubarev, and Karol J. Bobko. After him are Claude Nicollier, Viktor Gorbatko, Thomas P. Stafford, Michael J. Smith, Mary L. Cleave, and Phạm Tuân.

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Among people born in 1927, Gordon Cooper ranks 137Before him are Roy Chiao, Hiroshi Teshigahara, Ahmad Jannati, Joe Turkel, Vladimir Ilyushin, and Jacob Veldhuyzen van Zanten. After him are L. K. Advani, Chandra Shekhar, Althea Gibson, Coretta Scott King, Allan Kaprow, and Gae Aulenti. Among people deceased in 2004, Gordon Cooper ranks 102Before him are René Laloux, P. V. Narasimha Rao, Jean Lefebvre, M. S. Subbulakshmi, Chiang Fang-liang, and Helmut Griem. After him are Walter Frentz, Czesław Niemen, Artie Shaw, Alexandra Ripley, Fay Wray, and Paul Winfield.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Gordon Cooper ranks 2,992 out of 20,380Before him are Joel Grey (1932), Alfred Newman (1900), Ronald Inglehart (1934), Mary Astor (1906), Charles M. Schulz (1922), and Jeff Porcaro (1954). After him are Donald O'Connor (1925), Marcia Gay Harden (1959), Hannibal Hamlin (1809), Elihu Root (1845), Ben Wallace (1974), and Bruce Beutler (1957).

Among ASTRONAUTS In United States

Among astronauts born in United States, Gordon Cooper ranks 31Before him are Walter Cunningham (1932), Wally Schirra (1923), Ronald Evans (1933), Richard F. Gordon Jr. (1929), Christa McAuliffe (1948), and Karol J. Bobko (1937). After him are Thomas P. Stafford (1930), Michael J. Smith (1945), Mary L. Cleave (1947), Sally Ride (1951), Judith Resnik (1949), and Rusty Schweickart (1935).