Charles "Pete" Conrad


June 2, 1930 - July 8, 1999

Born June 2, 1930, Philadelphia, PA
Bachelor of Science, Aeronautical Engineering,
Princeton University

About the Man

Pete Conrad graduated from Princeton University in 1953. He entered the Navy where he became a naval aviator. Conrad attended the Navy Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, Maryland, and was assigned as a Project Test Pilot. He also served as a flight instructor and performance engineer there.

Upon completing his tour of duty at Patuxent River, Cornrad served as instructor pilot in F4H Phantoms on VF-121 and then served on board the USS Ranger. Along with eight others, NASA selected Pete Conrad as an astronaut, in September of 1962.

Charles "Pete" Conrad died on Thursday, July 8, 1999, from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident. He was 69 years old.

About the Spaceflights
Gemini 5


Aug. 21 to 29, 1965

The flight of Gemini 5 set a new space endurance record and placed the United States in the lead for man-hours in space. It was also the first time fuel cells for electrical power were used during a flight.

Astronauts Conrad and Cooper evaluated guidance and navigation system for future rendezvous missions. The Gemini 5 spacecraft orbited the Earth 120 times. The crew of Gemini 5 also demonstrated capability of spacecraft and crew for the longer flight. They evaluated the effects of weightlessness for an eight-day journey.

Flight Duration: Seven Days, Twenty-two Hours, Fifty-five Minutes, and Fourteen Seconds

Gemini 11
Sept. 12 to 15, 1966

The crew of Gemini 11, Astronauts Conrad and Gordon practiced docking, performed extravehicular activities, EVA's, and conducted a manuever called high apogee excursion, while docked with another Gemini rocket. They also conducted eleven different experiments and conducted a tethered vehicle test. Pete Conrad's second Gemini mission was a success.

Flight Duration: Two Days, Twenty-three Hours, Seventeen Minutes, and Eight Seconds

Apollo 12
November 14 to November 24, 1969

Apollo 12 was the second manned lunar landing mission. The astronauts nicknamed the Command Module, {CM}, the Yankee Clipper. They nicknamed the Lunar Excursion Module, {LM}, the Intrepid. The landing site for Apollo 12 was the Ocean of Storms.

Astronauts Conrad, Gordon, and Bean deployed the Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package, ALSEP, on the moon's surface. They collected seventy-five pounds of material. They also retrieved parts of the unmanned Surveyor 3, which had landed on the Moon in April of 1967. The crew of Apollo 12 stayed on the moon's surface for thirty-one and a half hours. Apollo 12 splashed down on November 24, 1969.

Flight Duration: Ten Days, Four Hours, and thirty-six Minutes

Skylab 2

The Skylab Space Station was America's first experimental space station. The station was launched into orbit by a Saturn V booster, on May 14, 1973. The purpose of the Skylab Project was to prove that humans could live and work in space for extended periods. Nearly 300 scientific and technical experiments were conducted aboard the Sklyab. Medical experiments on humans' adaptability to zero gravity were performed as well. Many solar observations, and detailed Earth resources experiments were conducted before the Skylab Station fell to Earth on July 11, 1979.

May 25-June 22, 1973

Skylab 2 was the first manned mission of the Skylab Project. Soon after its launch, the Skylab Space Station's meteoroid shield ripped off taking one of the craft's two solar panels with it; a piece of the shield wrapped around the other panel keeping it from deploying.

With fellow astronauts Paul J. Weitz and Joseph P. Kerwin, Pete Conrad made substantial repairs to the damaged Skylab Station. The Skylab 2 Crew conducted solar astronomy and Earth resources experiments, medical studies, and five student experiments. After 404 orbits and 392 experiment hours were completed; including three EVAs totalling six hours, 20 minutes, Conrad and his crew returned to Earth on June 22, 1973.

Flight Duration: Twenty-Eight Days, and Fifty Minutes

 

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