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I dedicate this page to the twelve astronauts that walked on the Moon (1969-1972)

Charles "Pete" Conrad

June 2, 1930-July 8, 1999

Apollo 12 astronaut Charles "Pete" Conrad, the third man to walk on the moon, was killed in a motorcycle accident Thursday, July 8, 1999, in Southern California, at the age of 69.

Conrad, a former Navy captain, flew in space four times, on board Gemini 5 and Gemini 11, Apollo 12, and as commander of the first Skylab space station mission.
He will be buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery on July 19th.

(The following is from an article I wrote entitiled "From the Keystone State to Milestones in Space")

"Charles Conrad was born on June 2, 1930, in Philadelphia, PA. With encouragement from his father, he developed a propensity for flying at a young age. He learned to fly when he was barely out of his teens. At the time, the only astronaut to have graduated from an Ivy League College, Conrad attended Princeton University. He received a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering in 1953."

"Conrad went on to enlist in the Navy and to obtain his wings. He attended the Navy Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, Maryland. When he had completed his training there, he served as a test pilot with the Armaments Division of the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, where he conducted experimental flights on newly engaged naval aircraft."

"From 1959-1961, he was a flight instructor and engineer at Patuxent River. He went on to become an F4H flight instructor at the Naval Air Station at Miramar, California. Charles Conrad was an experienced naval aviator and an instructor. He would use his knowledge and expertise to see the world in an entirely new way."

"On September 17, 1962, NASA selected Charles Conrad, Jr., to become an astronaut, along with eight others. He had a total of three-thousand hours of flying time to his credit, with twenty-one-hundred of those hours in flying jets."

© B F Malone 1994


Please visit NASA's Tribute to Pete Conrad at NASA Space History

Thank you, Alan, for starting it all


In Memory Nov. 18, 1923---July 21, 1998


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A little over thirty-five years ago, on May 25, 1961, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy delivered a message to Congress that included the following statement: "I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before the decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth."

NASA set up a threefold plan for sending a man to the Moon. They named the programs Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo. NASA named the Apollo Program for the Roman god of music, poetry, prophecy, and medicine. It was the third and final program in the plan to send a man to the Moon. Its objective was to land an astronaut on the Moon, and bring him safely back home to Earth. The highlights of the Apollo Program included the first humans to leave Earth's orbit, and the first human to land on the Moon.

I have had several articles published about NASA and the United States astronauts. Inspiration for the articles came about after finding out that my thirteen-year-old daughter did not know who Neil Armstrong was. To discover that, after nine years of school, my daughter had yet to learn about America's Space Program, was a shock to me. I feel that it is an important part of our country's history. I also believe that the future leaders of America should know all about NASA and the United States astronauts.

Published Articles:
"Three Times around the Earth: John Glenn's Historic Space Flight"
This article appeared in the Jan/Feb 1998 online edition of: Spaceviews
"Dr. Harrison Schmitt And The Flight Of Apollo 17"
This article appeared in the December 1997 online edition of: Spaceviews

    The New Federalist, a newspaper circulated out of Washington, D.C., printed my article, "The Walk Witnessed by the World". It was an article written as a tribute to Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the Moon, July 20, 1969.

The Marine Corps Gazette, ran a piece based largely on an article I wrote commemorating the thirty-fifth anniversary of John Glennís historic Earth-orbital flight, on February 20, 1962.

The News Gleaner, a local newspaper in Philadelphia, PA printed my article "Champions of the Cosmos", an article about the crew of Apollo One, Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee.

Links of Interest to Fans of the American Space Program

NASA Homepage
Kennedy Space Center Homepage
HBO: From the Earth To The Moon
Spaceviews Magazine

This site is brand new and I will be adding lots more in the near future.
Please come back and visit again. Thank you!

In the meantime, if you are a space enthusiast like me, drop me a line.
B F Malone

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