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Robert Pearlman

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posted 11-08-2006 09:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA release
NASA Honors Apollo Moon Walker's Memory in Seattle Ceremony

NASA will honor former astronaut Charles "Pete" Conrad for his involvement in the U.S. space program with the presentation of the Ambassador of Exploration Award at 2 p.m. EST, Saturday, Nov. 18, in the Allen Theater, The Museum of Flight, 9404 East Marginal Way South, Seattle.

The award ceremony coincides with the 37th anniversary of the Apollo 12 mission of Nov. 14-19, 1969, and culminates a day of museum space-related activities and workshops.

NASA is presenting the Ambassador of Exploration Award to the astronauts and other key individuals who participated in the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo space programs for realizing America’s vision of space exploration from 1961 to 1972.

The award is a sample of lunar material mounted for public display. The material is part of the 842 pounds of samples brought back to Earth during the six Apollo lunar expeditions from 1969 to 1972.

Conrad's award will be displayed at The Museum of Flight, one of the largest air and space museums in the world. Conrad was the third man to walk on the moon as commander of Apollo 12, the second lunar landing mission. He and lunar module pilot Alan L. Bean spent 31.5 hours on the moon. Conrad also served as pilot of the Gemini V mission; commander of Gemini XI; and commander of the first mission launched to the Skylab space station in 1973. He retired from the U.S. Navy and NASA as a captain in 1974.

Conrad died of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in July 1999, so his widow Nancy will accept the award on his behalf. She will present it for display to The Museum of Flight President Bonnie Dunbar. Dunbar is also a former NASA astronaut.

Leon Ford

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posted 11-08-2006 09:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Leon Ford   Click Here to Email Leon Ford     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm not trying to start a fight here or anything, but it seems rather unfair to me that Conrad's second wife is the one who is going to be at the ceremony. She wasn't around for his space service. Does anyone know if NASA ever has anything to do with the astronauts first wives? They were the ones who had to "keep the home fires burning" while their husbands were away working for NASA.

Please don't take this posting as a slight to Nancy Conrad. It would just be nice if Mr. Conrad's first wife had a little recognition for her contributions.


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