Commander Charles “Pete” Conrad made history heading up the second mission to the moon on Apollo 12 along with Alan Bean and Richard Gordon.
The spacesuit Conrad wore on the moon is on display at Space Center Houston inside Astronaut Gallery. This is only one of two suits from the moon on display outside the Smithsonian.
Conrad’s first words on the moon were less stoic than the words of Apollo 11’s Neil Armstrong. When he landed on the lunar surface in his suit, Conrad said, “Whoopie! Man, that may have been a small one for Neil, but that’s a long one for me.”
During his EVA, Conrad removed pieces from the Surveyor 3 probe, collected rocks and set up equipment that took measurements of the moon’s seismicity, solar wind flux and magnetic field.