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Rendezvous in Space

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Rendezvous in Space

Rendezvous in Space: A Tribute to Pete Conrad is a permanent exhibit in honor of the late astronaut Charles “Pete” Conrad, Jr. Rendezvous in Space portrays Conrad's career, reviews the history of manned space flight, and looks to the future, using artifacts, audio, images, and interactive displays. Conrad's flight logbooks, uniforms, and the Apollo 12 cuff checklist worn during his moon walk are on display, as are a pair of Gemini gloves and a Gemini capsule rocket thruster. Some of the most compelling interactives in the new exhibit are the Manned Maneuvering Units (MMUs) which enable visitors to re-enact the kind of space docking activities astronauts like Conrad performed during their missions.

 

Conrad was one of the 11 astronauts the National Aeronautics and Space Administration recruited in the early 1960s. He went into space four times, flying on Gemini V and commanding the Gemini XI, Apollo 12, and Skylab 2 missions. On the Apollo mission in 1969, he became the third man to walk on the moon. In 1973, he and two other astronauts docked with the Skylab space station to conduct repairs.

Video monitors at the entrance to Rendezvous in Space show a short documentary of Conrad's life. Visitors walk through five connecting sections of exhibitry, each with its own audio station featuring narration simulating Conrad's voice and character.