Gordon Cooper was a horrible astronaut, who fell asleep on the launch-pad.
He was cocky and unreliable, which is what caused his eventual departure BEFORE GEMINI missions!
He eventually began to bad mouth Nasa in the magazines which is what lead to his eventual shut-up in that everyone forgot about him.
I think the best light they were able to cast on him was in "The Right Stuff" but since I never heard of him I looked him up...and that was giving
him a lot of lee-way.
He never really respected that someone else could do the job better than him.
He also had I believe just one mission...the last Mercury mission.
So his seeing a "UFO" is highly unlikely...
From source given by nyeff.
Some years later, testifying before the United Nations, Cooper told them
I think he was just trying to get all the attention like he had been all the time before....
They also say "He was even the last astronaut to make a solo flight, this was when he saw the UFO..." they conveniently fail to tell that that was
his ONLY flight.
Oh also, Gordo's ego was so big his own wife left him just for that and probably the usual stress a test-pilot's wife incurs...as Gordo was not one
to sleep around...
[Edited on 18-7-2003 by FreeMason]