March 6, 1927 Gordon Cooper was born!

Gordon Cooper, one of the original 7 U.S. astronauts, was born in Shawnee,
Oklahoma, March 6, 1927.

In 1963, he flew the longest spaceflight of the Mercury project, was the first American to sleep in orbit, and the last American to launch alone into Earth orbit and conduct an entire solo orbital mission! Cooper also flew as command pilot of Gemini 5 on an eight-day, 120-orbit mission.

From January 1973 to 1975, he served as Vice President for Research and Development of EPCOT for Walter E. Disney Enterprises, Inc. Walter E. Disney Enterprises is the research and development subsidiary of Walt Disney Productions.

Cooper was one of 3 astronauts who attended the grand opening of Space Mountain at Disney in 1975.

When Disneyland started working on their version of Space Mountain, they called in Cooper as a creative consultant.

Two years later he attended its grand opening with fellow Mercury astronauts.

Did you know that Epcot has a hydroponic growing system contract with NASA for aeroponic gardening on the International Space Station? The hydroponic growing system design for the ISS can be scene in The Land Pavilion at EPCOT in Walt Disney World Resort.

Would you like to learn more about hydroponic growing systems? Now is the perfect time with the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival 2019 in full swing! Take a backstage tour and learn more about advances in gardening! CaribbeanDays, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, can take you there!


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