Astronaut Cooper’s mission was to determine the effects of extended spaceflight on man.
Cooper completed 22 orbits, traveling 593,885 miles in 34 hours, 20 minutes.
Astronaut and spacecraft were recovered only 36 minutes after splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.
Launch Date: May 15, 1963, 8:04 AM EST
Launch Vehicle: Mercury-Atlas.
Spacecraft unofficially named "Faith 7"
Crew: L Gordon Cooper, Jr