Pete Conrad

Born Jun 2, 1930

Charles "Pete" Conrad, Jr. was an American engineer, U.S. Navy officer and NASA astronaut, and during the Apollo 12 mission became the third person to walk on the Moon. He set an eight-day space endurance record along with command pilot Gordon Cooper on the Gemini 5 mission, and commanded the Gemini 11 mission. After Apollo, he commanded the Skylab 2 mission, on which he and his crew repaired significant launch damage to the Skylab space station.… Read More

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1930 Birth Pete Conrad was born on June 2, 1930, in Philadelphia, the third child and the first son of Charles Conrad, Sr. (1892–1969) and Frances De Rappelage Conrad (1899–1981), a well-to-do real estate and banking family. … Read More


1949 19 Years Old …  Despite having to repeat the 11th grade, Conrad so excelled at Darrow that after his graduation in 1949, he not only was admitted to Princeton University, but he was also awarded a full Navy ROTC scholarship. … Read More


1953 23 Years Old 1 More Event
Conrad continued flying while he was in college, not only keeping his pilot's license, but also earning an instrument flight rating. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Princeton in 1953, and received automatic commission as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy as a Naval ROTC graduate. … Read More


1962 32 Years Old Conrad joined NASA as part of the second group of astronauts, known as the New Nine, on September 17, 1962. … Read More
1966 36 Years Old Conrad was assigned in December 1966 to command the backup crew for the first Earth orbital test flight of the complete Apollo spacecraft, including the Lunar Module (LM) into low Earth orbit. … Read More
1969 39 Years Old On November 14, 1969, Apollo 12 was launched with Conrad as Commander, Dick Gordon as Command Module Pilot, and Alan Bean as Lunar Module Pilot. … Read More


1973 43 Years Old Conrad retired from NASA and the Navy in 1973, and went to work for American Television and Communications Company.
1976 46 Years Old He worked for McDonnell Douglas from 1976 into the 1990s.
1978 48 Years Old 1 More Event
…  For this, President Jimmy Carter awarded him the Congressional Space Medal of Honor in 1978.
1979 49 Years Old After an engine fell off a McDonnell Douglas DC-10 causing it to crash with the loss of all passengers and crew in 1979, Conrad spearheaded McDonnell Douglas’s ultimately unsuccessful efforts to allay the fears of the public and policymakers, and save the plane’s reputation.


1988 58 Years Old In 1988, Pete and Jane divorced. … Read More
1989 59 Years Old In 1989, Conrad’s youngest son, Christopher, was stricken with a malignant lymphoma. … Read More


1990 60 Years Old Conrad met Nancy Crane, a Denver divorcee, through mutual friends. Conrad and Crane married in 1990. … Read More
1991 61 Years Old Conrad played himself in the 1991 television movie Plymouth, about a fictional lunar base; and in the 1975 made-for-TV movie, Stowaway to the Moon.
1995 65 Years Old In the 1995 film Apollo 13, Conrad was played by David Andrews.
1998 68 Years Old In the 1998 HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon, he was played by Peter Scolari (in episode 1, "Can We Do This?") and by Paul McCrane (in episode 7, "That's All There Is"). … Read More
1999 69 Years Old Conrad died on July 8, 1999, less than three weeks before the celebrations of the 30th anniversary of the first moon landing. … Read More
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