Captain "Coop" Cooper, (March 6, 1927 – October 4, 2004) was an engineer and American astronaut and is the Mascot for Rocket Poppeteers, appearing in the newspaper ad found May 13, 2010 on the website Rocketpoppeteers.com.
He was one of the seven original astronauts in Project Mercury, the first manned space effort by the United States. He claimed to have seen his first UFO while flying over West Germany in 1951. He flew the longest spaceflight of the Mercury project, was the first American to sleep in orbit, and was the last American to launch alone into Earth orbit and conduct an entire solo orbital mission. Reportedly revealed a NASA Mind Control Program involving gifted American schoolchildren.