Conrad, Charles "Pete" Jr. (1930–1999)
Charles "Pete" Conrad was an American astronaut, selected by NASA in September 1962, who served
as pilot on Gemini 5 (becoming the
first tattooed man in space – he had a blue anchor and stars on his
right arm), command pilot on Gemini 11, commander on Apollo 12, and commander on Skylab 2. In December
1973, after serving for 20 years (including 11 during which he was also
an astronaut), Conrad retired from the United States Navy to become vice
president of operations and chief operating officer with American Television
and Communications Corporation in Denver, Colorado. Three years later he
joined McDonnell Douglas, in St. Louis, Missouri, where one of his projects
involved working on the Delta Clipper. Conrad died on July 8, 1999, following
a motorcycle accident.
| Quote by Conrad on stepping onto
"Whoopie! Man, that may have been a small one for Neil, but it's a
long one for me."