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Godspeed Gordo! My granddaughter Alexandria with Astronaut Gordon Cooper at the Sims-Hankow Autograph Show in Los Angeles on September 4th, 2004.  
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Alexandria With Gordon Cooper In LAOctober 4th, 2004

On October 4th, 2004, Mercury Astronaut Leroy Gordon Cooper, Jr. slipped the surly bonds of Earth for the last time.  Astronaut Cooper passed away at his home in Ventura, California.

Our condolences go out to the family of Astronaut Cooper.  Space exploration pioneer Cooper was a true American hero.

During Cooper's Mercury flight in 1963, Astronaut Cooper recited a prayer 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 created.

Help guide and direct all of us that we may shape our lives to be so much better, trying to help one another and to work with one another.  Help us to complete this mission successfully.  Help us in our future space endeavors that we may show the world that a democracy really can compete, and that its people are able to do research, development and can conduct many scientific and technical programs.

Be with our families.  Give them guidance and encouragement, and let them know that everything will be OK.

We ask in Thy name. Amen."

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