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Charles "Pete" Conrad, Jr.

record-setter for time spent in space; third man on the Moon; part of the first Skylab crew

NASA photo of Charles Conrad

Biographical Data

Born June 2, 1930, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Died July 8, 1999, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident, in Ojai, California.

Conrad divorced his first wife. He was survived by his second wife, Nancy, three sons and seven grandchildren; one son preceded him in death.


Primary and Secondary Haverford School, Haverford, Pennsylvania; Darrow School, New Lebanon, New York.
Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering Princeton University, 1953.

Honorary Master of Arts Princeton University, 1966.
Honorary Doctorate of Laws Lincoln-Wesleyan University, 1970.
Honorary Doctorate of Science Kings College, 1971.

Military Experience

Entered the U.S. Navy after graduating from Princeton.

Attended the Navy Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, Maryland, where he was assigned as a Project Test Pilot.
Also served as a flight instructor and performance engineer at the school.

Served as an instructor pilot in F4H Phantoms.

Assigned duty on board the USS Ranger.

NASA Career

Selected as an astronaut by NASA in September of 1962.

Astronaut on Gemini V, August 21-28, 1965, which established a record for time spent in space (190 hours 56 minutes).

Commander of Gemini XI, September 12-14, 1966, which established a world altitude record of 850 miles.

Commander of Apollo XII, the second manned lunar landing, November 14-22, 1969.

Pete Conrad on the Moon
Pete Conrad on the Moon

Commander of Skylab II, the first manned mission to the first U.S. Space Station, May 25-Jun 22, 1973.

Post-NASA Career

Retired from the Navy in December 1973, after 20 years of service (11 of which were as an astronaut).

American Television and Communications Corporation Vice-President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer, 1974-1976
McDonnell Douglas Corporation Vice-President and Consultant, 1976-1978
Douglas Aircraft Company Vice-President of Marketing, 1978-1980
Senior Vice-President of Marketing, 1980-1982
Senior Vice-President of Marketing and Product Support, 1982-1984
McDonnell Douglas Corporation Staff Vice-President of International Business Development, 1984-1990
McDonnel Douglas Space Company Staff Vice-President of New Business, 1990-1993
participated in research and development for the Space Exploration Initiative, which included projects related to the return and colonization of the Moon, construction of Space Station Freedom, and the exploration of Mars; he also contributed his expertise on the Delta Clipper, a single-stage-to-orbit and return transportation system
McDonnell Douglas Corporation Vice-President of Product Development, 1993-death


fellow, American Astronautical Society
fellow, Society of Experimental Tests Pilots
member,New York Academy of Science
member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Recognitions and Awards

Princeton University Distinguished Alumnus Award (1965)
U.S. Jaycee's 10 Outstanding Young Men Award (1965)
American Astronautical Society Flight Achievement Award (1966)
Pennsylvania's Award for Excellence in Science and Technology (1967 and 1969)
Rear Admiral William S. Parsons Award for Scientific and Technical Progress (1970)
Godfrey L. Cabot Award (1970)
Silver Medal of the Union League of Philadelphia (1970)
FAI Yuri Gagarin Gold Space Medal (for Apollo 12, 1970, and for Skylab I, 1974))
De La Vaulx Medal (for Apollo 12, 1970, and for Skylab I, 1974)
National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Special Trustees Award (1970)
Federal Aviation Agency's Space Mechanic Technician Award (1973)
Collier Trophy (1973)
AIAA Haley Astronautics Award (for Skylab I, 1974)
Harmon Trophy (1974)
Congressional Medal of Honor (1978)
two NASA Distinguished Service Medals
two NASA Exceptional Service Medals
Navy Astronaut Wings
two Navy Distinguished Service Medals
two Distinguished Flying Crosses

Enshrined in the Aviation Hall of Fame in 1980.

Astronaut Biographies

Gemini V
Apollo XII
Skylab II

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