Biographies of U.S. Astronauts

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Leroy Gordon, Jr. "Gordo"

USA

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Personal data

Birthdate:  06.03.1927
Birthplace:  Shawnee / Oklahoma
Marital status:  married
Children:  six
Selection date:  02.04.1959
Selection group:  NASA-1
Position:  CDR
Status:  Ret. 01.07.1970
Day of death:  04.10.2004
Place of death:  Ventura / California

Spaceflights

No. Mission Position Time Duration
1  Mercury 9  PLT  15.05. - 16.05.1963 1d 10h 19m 
2  Gemini 5  Command Pilot  21.08. - 29.08.1965 7d 22h 55m 
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Total  9d 09h 14m 
         

Backup assignments

No. Mission Position
1  Mercury 8  Pilot
2  Gemini 12  Command Pilot
3  Apollo 10  CDR

Additional information

Bachelor of science in Aeronautical Engineering from USAF Institute of Technology (AFIT), 1956; honorary doctorate of science degree from the Oklahoma State University, 1967; Colonel, USAF, Ret.; he retired from NASA on 01.07.1970 to serve as President of the Galaxy Group; hobbies: Treasure hunting, archeology, racing, flying, skiing, boating, hunting fishing.

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