The Conrad Foundation honors the legacy of Apollo 12 astronaut, Charles “Pete” Conrad, and his four-decade pursuit of innovation and entrepreneurship. His story is nothing short of inspirational.
During his teen years, a prestigious high school expelled Pete because he had difficulty reading and spelling. At that time, dyslexia was not recognized. In a new school, a perceptive headmaster saw Pete’s spark of genius and gave him the confidence he needed. Pete went on to earn a scholarship to Princeton University and a ride to the Moon as Commander of Apollo 12. In November 1969, he became the third man to walk on the Moon. After many years as an explorer, Pete’s entrepreneurial spirit took flight. He founded four companies dedicated to the commercialization of space travel. Why? So, one day, all of us might have the chance to leave the Earth’s atmosphere.
Unfortunately, Pete’s pursuit was cut short with his passing in 1999. However, his legacy continues through the Conrad Foundation’s programs that combine innovation and entrepreneurship to transform education worldwide.