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Mercury 9


Pacific Splash Downs supported by Navy Tankers
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Faith 7 (MA-9)

The final flight in the series, in May 1963, lasted a record 34 hours/19 minutes, and circled the Earth 22-1/2 times. The pilot, Gordon Cooper in his Faith 7, released the first satellite from a spacecraft-a six-inch (152-millimeter) sphere with a beacon for testing the astronaut's ability to track objects visually in space. His mission was so successful that NASA decided to cancel the final scheduled flight. 

Four miles ahead of the prime recovery ship, again the carrier Kearsarge, just south of Midway Island, the canopied capsule containing Gordon Cooper broke through a mild overcast and landed on the lazy waves of the blue Pacific.
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