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15/05/1963 Last Mercury spaceflight lifts off

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Mercury Atlas 9 Launch 1963

Mercury-Atlas 9, the final mission of the U. S. Mercury space program, started from Cape Canaveral. Astronaut Gordon Cooper became the last American to fly to space alone. He orbited Earth 22 times and successfully splashed into the Pacific Ocean 130 km southeast of Midway. The Mercury program was followed by Project Gemini which flew spacecraft manned by a two-man crew.