Conrad Jr., Charles "Pete"

Card signed by the 3rd Moonwalker, Gemini, Apollo and Skylab astronaut

Price: $85.00

Description:
(1930-1999) Navy aviator, test pilot, NASA astronaut 1962-73, part of 2nd astronaut group ("The New Nine"). He set an 8-day space endurance record with Command Pilot Gordon Cooper on Gemini 5 mission, commanded Gemini 11 and Skylab 2 missions. Conrad was assigned in December 1966 to command the backup crew for the 1st Earth orbital test flight of the complete Apollo spacecraft, including the Lunar Module (LM) into low Earth orbit. On Nov. 14, 1969, Apollo 12 launched with Conrad as Commander, Dick Gordon as Command Module Pilot, and Alan Bean as Lunar Module Pilot. The launch was most harrowing as lightning strikes just after liftoff temporarily knocked out power and guidance in the Command Module. He was the 3rd man to walk on the Moon during Apollo 12 mission. On Skylab 2, he and his crew repaired significant launch damage to the Skylab space station for which he was awarded the Congressional Space Medal in 1978. His last mission was as Commander of Skylab 2, 1st crew to board the Skylab space station, damaged on its unmanned launch when its micrometeoroid shield tore away, taking one of 2 main solar panels with it and jamming the other one so that it could not deploy. Conrad and his crew repaired the damage on 2 spacewalks and erected a "parasol" solar shield to protect the station from intense solar heating; without the shield, Skylab and its contents would have become unusable. On Feb. 14, 1996, Conrad was part of the crew on a record-breaking around-the-world flight in a Learjet owned by cable TV pioneer Bill Daniels. In 2006, NASA posthumously awarded him the Ambassador of Exploration Award; Conrad died in a motorcycle accident, buried with full honors at Arlington National Cemetery. Signed 3 1/2 x 5 white card, frameable.

Condition: Very good
Type:Signed Card






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