On October 4th, 2004, Mercury Astronaut Leroy Gordon Cooper, Jr.
the surly bonds of Earth for the last time. Astronaut Cooper
away at his home in Ventura, California.
Our condolences go out to the family of Astronaut Cooper. Space
pioneer Cooper was a true American hero.
During Cooper's Mercury flight in 1963, Astronaut Cooper recited a
while in space. Cooper recited:
"Father, thank, you
especially for letting me
fly this flight. Thank you for the privilege of being able to be
in this position; to be up in this wondrous
place, seeing all these many startling, wonderful things that you have
Help guide and direct all
of us that we may shape our lives to be so
better, trying to help one another and to work with one another.
us to complete this mission successfully. Help us in our future
space endeavors that we may show the world that a democracy really can
and that its people are able to do research, development and can
many scientific and technical programs.
Be with our
families. Give them guidance and encouragement, and
them know that everything will be OK.
We ask in Thy name. Amen."