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Gordon Cooper Jr. was a brave and skilled astronaut – almost the stereotype of an all-American good guy. But on one of his missions for NASA he actually discovered something extraordinary. What’s more he’d made the discovery in a clandestine manner. In fact, it wasn’t until well after his death in 2004 that the story finally came out. And then a marine treasure hunter was able to use the results of Cooper’s activities in a remarkable way.

We’ll get back to Cooper’s extra-curricular activities in space shortly but first let’s learn more about Leroy Gordon “Gordo” Cooper Jr. Well, he was born in 1927 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. And his father, Leroy Gordon Cooper Sr. had served with the U.S. Navy in WWI. But afterwards he became a pilot with the Oklahoma National Guard.

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