Pete Conrad's Apollo 12 Suit

Commander Charles “Pete” Conrad Jr. made history leading the second mission to the Moon during 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 one of only two spacesuits worn on the Moon on display outside the Smithsonian Institution. If you look closely, you can see the Moon dust.

The first words spoken by the first man on the Moon, Neil Armstrong, were: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Conrad’s first words on the Moon, uttered in this suit, were: “Whoopie! Man, that may have been a small one for Neil, but that’s a long one for me.”

During his extravehicular activity (EVA), or spacewalk, 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.

This artifact is on loan from the National Air and Space Museum.