Biographies of U.S. Astronauts


Charles, Jr. "Pete"


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Personal data

Birthdate:  02.06.1930
Birthplace:  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Marital status:  married
Children:  four
Selection date:  17.09.1962
Selection group:  NASA-2
Position:  CDR
Status:  Ret. 01.02.1974
Date of death:  08.07.1999
Place of death:  Ojai, California


No. Mission Position Time Duration
1  Gemini 5  PLT  21.08. - 29.08.1965 7d 22h 55m 
2  Gemini 11  Command Pilot  12.09. - 15.09.1966 2d 23h 17m 
3  Apollo 12  CDR  14.11. - 24.11.1969 10d 04h 36m 
4  Skylab 2  CDR  25.05. - 22.06.1973 28d 00h 50m 
Total  49d 03h 38m 

Backup assignments

No. Mission Position
1  Gemini 8  Command Pilot
2  Apollo 9  CDR

Additional information

Bachelor of science in aeronautical engineering from Princeton University, 1953; recipient of two Honoris Causa Doctorates; Captain, USN, Ret.; test pilot; unsucessful application for NASA astronaut group 1; he was the third man to walk on the lunar surface; he left NASA on 01.02.1974 to accept a position as Vice President for ATC, Denver, Colorado; 1976 he became Vice President of McDonnell Douglas Corp.; he left this position on 31.03.1996 to serve as Chief of Universal Space Lines; hobbies: Golf, water skiing, automobile racing; he died on complications of inner bleedings he got in a motorcycle accident.


Last update on April 18, 2018.