OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Shawnee native who was one of the nation's first astronauts — Gordon Cooper — is being honored by the Oklahoma Senate.
The Senate on Wednesday passed a resolution declaring May 15, 2013, as "Gordon Cooper Day" in Oklahoma in recognition of the 50th anniversary of Cooper's space flight aboard Project Mercury, the nation's first manned space program.
According to the resolution, Cooper was the first astronaut to make a second orbital flight and later served as backup command pilot for Gemini 12 and Apollo 10. He retired from NASA and the Air Force in 1970 after having flown more than 220 hours in space.
The resolution was presented to Shawnee Mayor Wes Mainord.
Cooper died in 2004 at the age of 77.
Senate Resolution 34: http://bit.ly/19uaZUc