Remembering Gordon Cooper

Pioneering astronaut Gordon Cooper has died at his Ventura, California home.

Cooper piloted the final flight of the Mercury Program, the United States' first manned spaceflight program with the primary goal of putting a man in orbit around earth.

In 1965, he served as command pilot of the "Gemini Five" mission.  During the flight, he and Charles Conrad established a new space endurance record for traveling more than 3.3 million miles in 190 hours and 56 minutes.

Gordon Cooper was 77 years old.