In September of 1962, Mr. Conrad was selected as an astronaut by NASA. His first flight was Gemini V, which established the space endurance record and placed the United States in the lead for man-hours in space. As commander of Gemini XI, Mr. Conrad helped to set a world’s altitude record. He then served as commander of Apollo XII, the second lunar landing. On Mr. Conrad’s final mission, he served as commander of Skylab II, the first United States Space Station.
Alan Bean was one of the third group of astronauts named by NASA in October 1963. He served as backup astronaut for the Gemini 10 and Apollo 9 missions. Captain Bean has logged 1,671 hours and 45 minutes in space—of which 10 hours and 26 minutes were spent in EVAs on the Moon and in Earth orbit.
Portrait of astronaut Alan L. Bean taken Sept. 21, 1971
Richard F. Gordon Jr.
Command Module Pilot
Captain Gordon was one of the third group of astronauts named by NASA in October 1963. He served as backup pilot for the Gemini 8 flight. Captain Gordon has completed two space flights, logging a total of 315 hours and 53 minutes in space–2 hours and 44 minutes of which were spent in EVA. Captain Gordon retired from NASA and the USN in January 1972.