Remember the time when Gordo Cooper piloted a dead spacecraft back to Earth, using only the constellations and his mind? And remember when he not only made it back alive, but achieved the most pinpoint landing to date, despite having no automatic controls?
Well, this week (May 15-16) marks the 50th anniversary of that flight! Faith 7, or MA-9, launched in 1963 and flew for twenty-two orbits and thirty-four hours, breaking the American long-duration record. Expect to see some heavy Gordo spam for the next few days.