Astronaut Gordon Cooper Talks About UFOs -- People these were Astronauts, pilots, think about that. Not some common people who want some free publicity. These men are putting their reputation on the line, ...

Astronaut Gordon Cooper Talks About UFOs -- People these were Astronauts, pilots, think about that. Not some common people who want some free publicity. These men are putting their reputation on the line, ...

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NASA selected Astronaut L. Gordon Cooper in 1959 as one of the 7 astronauts for their Mercury Project. In 1 1/2 days, the Faith 7 spacecraft orbited the Earth 22 times. (photo: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Collection)

NASA selected Astronaut L. Gordon Cooper in 1959 as one of the 7 astronauts for their Mercury Project. In 1 1/2 days, the Faith 7 spacecraft orbited the Earth 22 times. (photo: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Collection)

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Original 1963 8" x 10" Photo of Mercury 7 Astronaut Gordon Cooper in Pressurization Suit

Original 1963 8" x 10" Photo of Mercury 7 Astronaut Gordon Cooper in Pressurization Suit

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Mercury Spacecraft, designed and built by McDonnell, St. Louis for NASA. Signed by the six astronauts who flew in the Mercury program: Alan B Shepard, Gus Grissom, J H Glenn, Jr., Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra and Gordon Cooper.

Mercury Spacecraft, designed and built by McDonnell, St. Louis for NASA. Signed by the six astronauts who flew in the Mercury program: Alan B Shepard, Gus Grissom, J H Glenn, Jr., Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra and Gordon Cooper.

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Gordon Cooper, Shawnee, OK. NASA Astronaut, Mercury and Gemini missions. Sighted UFOs starting in 1951.

Gordon Cooper, Shawnee, OK. NASA Astronaut, Mercury and Gemini missions. Sighted UFOs starting in 1951.

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The original Mercury 7 astronauts were selected in April 1959: Gordon Cooper, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, John Glenn, Deke Slayton, Scott Carpenter.

The original Mercury 7 astronauts were selected in April 1959: Gordon Cooper, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, John Glenn, Deke Slayton, Scott Carpenter.

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Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper - Manually "flew" his troubled Mercury capsule out of orbit

Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper - Manually "flew" his troubled Mercury capsule out of orbit

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The last person to experience solo space flight  -- for the U.S., at least -- was Leroy Gordon Cooper, Jr., who piloted NASA's final Mercury mission, Atlas 9, 50 years ago this week.

The last person to experience solo space flight -- for the U.S., at least -- was Leroy Gordon Cooper, Jr., who piloted NASA's final Mercury mission, Atlas 9, 50 years ago this week.

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