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Mercury-Atlas 9: Faith 7

Occurred 61 years ago

For the final crewed mission of Project Mercury, astronaut Gordon Cooper completed 22 orbits around the Earth, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean.

Mission Type

Human Spaceflight


L. Gordon Cooper, Jr.


May 15, 1963


May 16, 1963

Mission Facts

Mission: Faith 7
Launch Pad: LC-14
Vehicle: Atlas (9)
Crew: L. Gordon Cooper, Jr.
Payload: Spacecraft No. 20, Launch Vehicle Number 130-D

Mission Objective

Manned 1 day mission in orbit.


Altitude: 165.9 by 100.3 statute miles
Orbits: 22.5
Period: 88 minutes, 45 seconds
Duration: 1 Day, 10 hours, 19 minutes, 49 seconds
Distance: 546,167 statute miles
Velocity: 17,547 miles per hour
Max Q: 974 psf
Max G: 7.6


May 15, 1963

Mission Highlights

The mission was successful. Total time weightless was 34 hours, 3 minutes, 30 seconds.

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