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Pete Conrad

Pete ConradAKA Charles Peter Conrad, Jr.

Born: 2-Jun-1930
Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA
Died: 8-Jul-1999
Location of death: Near Ojai, CA
Cause of death: Accident - Motorcycle
Remains: Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Astronaut

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Apollo 12 mission commander, 3rd on moon

Military service: US Navy

Pete Conrad joined the astronaut program in 1962, part of the second group selected, and was the third man to walk on the moon. As Commander of the second successful lunar landing, Apollo 12, Conrad is perhaps best remembered for his gleeful antics and cheerful disposition during the televised lunar exploration. After his first step onto the surface, Conrad shouted "Whoopee!" then quipped, "Man, that may have been a small one for Neil, but that's a long one for me!"

A veteran of four space flights, Conrad is also remembered for other record firsts -- most notably, as Commander of the first mission aboard the U.S. space station, Skylab. During the 28 day mission he logged a record 1,179 hours and 38 minutes hours in space (cumulative), and placed the United States in the lead as the nation with the most man-hours in space. More importantly he carried out vital repairs, correcting damage incurred during lift off.

In 1973, Conrad retired from the Navy and NASA to work in the private sector, first with the American Television and Communications Corporation then with aviation manufacturing giant McDonnell-Douglas. His work with McDonnell-Douglas developed into large scale projects and departments aimed at making commercial space flight a practical reality.

Conrad passed away on 8 July 1999 of fatal injuries received in a motorcycle accident near Ojai, California. Survived by his wife Nancy and four sons from an earlier marriage, he was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on July 19, the 30th anniversary of his historic walk on the moon.

During his lifetime Conrad received literally dozens of awards and honors, most notably the Congressional Space Medal of Honor (1978), and he was enshrined in the Aviation Hall of Fame (1980). He was portrayed by actor Paul McCrane in the HBO film series From The Earth To The Moon (1998), a depiction of the Apollo 12 mission.

Wife: Jane DuBose (div. 1989, four sons)
Wife: Nancy (until his death)

    High School: Darrow School, New Lebanon, NY
    University: BS Aeronautical Engineering, Princeton University (1953)

    American Astronautical Society Fellow
    Association of Space Explorers
    Walked on the Moon
    National Aviation Hall of Fame

    For All Mankind (Jan-1989) [VOICE]
    Stowaway to the Moon (10-Jan-1975)

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