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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007.
By United Press International

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007.
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UPI almanac for Tuesday, May 15, 2007.
By United Press International

'Scotty's' ashes sent into space

UPHAM, N.M., April 28 (UPI) -- The ashes of "Star Trek" actor James Doohan got a brief trip into space Saturday from a New Mexico launchpad along with those of astronaut Gordon Cooper.

Star Trek star's ashes ready for launch

SANTA FE, N.M., April 3 (UPI) -- Cremated remains of actor James Doohan, Scotty on "Star Trek," and pioneer astronaut Gordon Cooper are set to be launched from New Mexico into space this month.

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Tuesday, March 6, 2007.
By United Press International

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UPI almanac for Wednesday, Oct. 4, 3006.
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Today is Tuesday, Aug. 29, the 241st day of 2006 with 124 to follow.
By United Press International

'Scotty' remains perpetually in space

HARTFORD, Conn., Aug. 8 (UPI) -- James Doohan, the actor who played Scotty in "Star Trek," is one of 118 people whose remains will be launched into space by Celestis, a Connecticut company.

The Almanac

Today is Monday, May 15, the 135th day of 2006 with 230 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Monday, March 6, the 65th day of 2006 with 300 to follow.
By United Press International

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Today is Tuesday, Oct. 4, the 277th day of 2005 with 88 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Monday, Aug. 29, the 241st day of 2005 with 124 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, May 15, the 135th day of 2005 with 230 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, March 6, the 65th day of 2005 with 300 to follow.
By United Press International
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Gordon Cooper
Gordon Cooper Jr., one of America's first seven astronauts, died on October 4, 2004 at his home in Ventura, Calif. He was 77 years old. Cooper piloted the sixth and last flight of the Mercury program and later commanded Gemini 5. (UPI Photo/NASA)
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Leroy Gordon Cooper, Jr. (March 6, 1927–October 4, 2004), also known as Gordo Cooper, was an American aeronautical engineer, test pilot and NASA astronaut. Cooper was one of the seven original astronauts in Project Mercury, the first manned space effort by the United States. He was the first American to sleep in orbit, flew the longest spaceflight of the Mercury project, and was the last American to be launched alone into Earth orbit and conduct an entire solo orbital mission.

Cooper was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He grew up there and later moved to Murray, Kentucky where he attended public schools. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America and achieved the second highest rank of Life Scout. In 1945 Cooper turned down the possibility of a football scholarship to enlist in the Marine Corps but was too late to see combat in the Second World War. After completing three years of coursework at the University of Hawaii he received an Army commission. Cooper met his first wife Trudy (the only wife of a Mercury astronaut with a private pilot's license) while in Hawaii and they married in 1947.

Cooper transferred his commission to the Air Force in 1949, was placed on active duty and received flight training at Perrin AFB, Texas and Williams AFB, Arizona.

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