June 2, 1930 – Astronaut Charles ‘Pete’ Conrad is born

Alan Bean descends from the LM. (NASA)Charles Pete Conrad, Jr., was born June 2, 1930. He died July 8, 1999. Conrad served on four NASA missions including: Gemini 5, Gemini 11, Apollo 12 and Skylab. He has the distinction of being the third man to walk on the moon, only bested by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on Apollo 11.

Wikipedia says:

“Regarded as one of the best pilots in the group he was one of the first of his group to be assigned a Gemini mission. As pilot of Gemini 5 he, along with commander Gordon Cooper, set a new space endurance record of eight days – the time it would take to get to the moon and back – and tested many spacecraft systems essential to the Apollo program. ”

Quotes:

Whoopie! Man, that may have been a small one for Neil, but that’s a long one for me.Pete Conrad

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~ by tellinghistory on June 2, 2007.

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