||Faith 7: eight days to launch
An aerial photo of Complex 14 shows the mobile service structure rolled away
from the Mercury Atlas rocket. The tankage at the lower left of the photo is the
LOX storage and transfer facility. The trailers on this side of the launch stand
are used to carry helium.
Eight days from now, on May 15th of 1963, L. Gordon
Cooper, Jr. will launch on Faith 7 (officially designated MA-9) in the last
flight of the Mercury project. The mission objective (one day in orbit) will be
met: Cooper completed 22 orbits with an elapsed time of over 34 hours.
Photo courtesy of NASA (Photo ID: KSC-63PC-34).