United States scientists will try again Wednesday (15 May) to send astronaut L.Gordon Cooper on?
LS Launching pad
MS Liquid oxygen being loaded
CU Loading of liquid oxygen
MS Cooper emerging from capsule
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Background: United States scientists will try again Wednesday (15 May) to send astronaut L.Gordon Cooper on a 22-orbit space flight around the earth.
The scheduled launching of the 36-year-old Air Force major was postponed Tuesday (14 May)...because of trouble with a radar unit at a Bermuda tracking station.The postponement came just twelve minutes before the time of blast-off.
When Cooper finally emerged from his capsule..named "Faith Seven"...he had been in it five hours and fifty minutes.He smiled happily as he talked to technicians outside the capsule...hiding the disappointment he must have felt because of the postponement.
"That poor little fellow," said Cooper's mother, Mrs.Hattie Cooper, who had been watching the event on television in Tecumseh, Oklahoma...in America's Southwest."Oh, I know he's disappointed."
Sharing his disappointment were his wife, Mrs.Trudy Cooper, and their two teen-age daughters...who sipped coffee and orange juice before their television set in the Cooper home near Houston, Texas...also in the Southwest.
Prior to the postponement...another delay of more than two hours occurred because of a failure in the Diesel engine, which pushes the service gantry to and from the launch pad.It was not long after the Diesel trouble was corrected...that the radar difficulties forced calling off the launch.