All things considered, it was pretty ironic that Apollo 12 was headed for an area of the Moon known as the Ocean of Storms. Pete Conrad, Dick Gordon and Alan Bean launched into thundery skies in November 1969 and less than a minute later were struck by not one, but two bolts of lightning.
Pete Conrad and Dick Gordon's photography experiments could only be done while Gemini 11 was on the night side of Earth. So what did they do while waiting to slip into darkness again? With only their spacesuits separating them from the void of space - and with Gordon having half his body hanging out of Gemini 11 - they dozed off.
Sandwiched between two milestone American spaceflights, Gemini 5 is often overlooked. Gordo Cooper and Pete Conrad's flight was just as important though, even if Conrad described it as 'eight days in a garbage can'.
Flamboyant and wise-cracking Pete Conrad was never one to back down from a challenge. So when a journalist questioned the free-will of the astronaut corps, he just couldn't refuse.
Have you ever started to think that maybe a certain piece of technology has it in for you? The thought must have crossed the mind of Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean, as he struggled with cameras throughout the mission.