Rocketman: Astronaut Pete Conrad's Incredible Ride to the Moon and Beyond

Rocketman: Astronaut Pete Conrad's Incredible Ride to the Moon and Beyond

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by Nancy Conrad, Howard A. Klausner, Buzz Aldrin
     
 

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HE WAS THE THIRD MAN TO WALK ON THE MOON—
BUT THE FIRST TO DANCE ON IT.
HE WAS THE ROCKETMAN.

For Pete Conrad, it was all about the ride. Whether he was hot-dogging at Mach 2, test-flying every supersonic jet the Navy developed (and some they shouldn’t have), orbiting the Earth at almost 20,000 mph, or redlining hisSee more details below

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HE WAS THE THIRD MAN TO WALK ON THE MOON—
BUT THE FIRST TO DANCE ON IT.
HE WAS THE ROCKETMAN.

For Pete Conrad, it was all about the ride. Whether he was hot-dogging at Mach 2, test-flying every supersonic jet the Navy developed (and some they shouldn’t have), orbiting the Earth at almost 20,000 mph, or redlining his Corvette, he loved pushing the envelope.

Pete wasn’t the squeaky-clean astronaut poster boy. The guy every NASA pilot wanted to happy-hour with after work—and would kill to fly with—Pete had a natural outspokenness that got him washed out of the Mercury program. But the “Comeback Kid” came roaring back—flying two Gemini missions, walking on the Moon as commander of Apollo 12, commanding the first Skylab, and logging more time in space than all the original astronauts combined.
 
This is a surprisingly candid insider’s view of the greatest ride in history: America’s glorious race to the stars, as seen through the eyes of a real space cowboy.

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Publishers Weekly
Screenwriter Klausner (Space Cowboys), writing with astronaut Conrad's second wife, Nancy, brings a snappy, movie-dialogue feel to this biography of Charles "Pete" Conrad (1930-1999). Perhaps not as well remembered as some of his colleagues because his missions fell between the more famous ones, Conrad flew on Gemini 5, which set a record for the most days in space up to that point, on Gemini 11, notable for rendezvousing and docking with a rocket on the first orbit, and commanded Apollo 12 on a glitch-free ride to the moon. A decade later, Conrad was called on to save the ill-fated Skylab, which had suffered crippling injuries on its journey into space. He showed that the best way to fix something was usually the simplest: a few good hard whacks with a hammer. Early in his career, Conrad was passed over for the Mercury program because he didn't have "the right stuff"-he got fed up with the intrusive medical exams and tossed his enema bag down on the commanding general's desk. But the public and Conrad's co-workers loved him for his hard-living, hard-working persona. Fans of the American space program will enjoy this fast read, which captures the bigger-than-life character of this gap-toothed, all-American space cowboy. Agent, Bill Gladstone. (May 3) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101099537
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/02/2006
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
688,302
File size:
0 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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