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Faith 7

Mission Number: MA-915-16 May 1963

    Leroy Cooper [1]

Backup Crew:
    Alan Shepard

    Location: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
    Pad: LC-14
    Date: 15 May 1963
    Time: 13:04:13 UTC

    Mission Duration: 1 days, 10 hours, 19 minutes, 49 seconds
    Orbits: 23
    Max. Velocity: 17,547 mph
    Distance: 546,147 statute miles

    Date: 16 May 1963
    Time: 23:24:02 UTC

    Location: Pacific Ocean, 115 miles ESE of Midway Island (27° 20' N, 176° 26' W)
    Vessel: USS Kearsarge (CVS-33)

The longest and last of the Mercury missions. By the end of his 34 hours in orbit, nearly every onboard system had failed. Cooper performed a manual reentry.

Launch vehicle was an Atlas rocket.

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(Credit: NASA, click to enlarge)
MA-9 splashdown in the Pacific.

The MA-9 capsule is currently at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX.


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