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Champions on the Champ

Two astronauts on the deck of a carrier a helicopter is in the background
Description: Painting, Watercolor on Paper; by Luis Llorente; 1965; Unframed Dimensions 30H X 22W
Accession #: 88-162-CP
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Astronauts LCDR Conrad and LTC Cooper walk across the deck of USS Lake Champlain as the press and crewmembers watch.

LCDR Conrad was an avid pilot in college and earned a degree in aeronautical engineering at Princeton in 1953, at which point he joined the Navy. He excelled in flight school, became a carrier pilot, and a flight instructor/test pilot at Patuxent River Naval Air Station before being selected as an astronaut.

LTC Cooper received a degree in chemistry from the University of Washington. He became a naval aviator in 1953, serving at Jacksonville, Florida, Patuxent River, Maryland and Miramar, California before becoming an astronaut.

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