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After A Learning Disability Nearly Grounded A Moon Walker, His Widow Works To Inspire Next Generation Of Explorers


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Nancy Conrad at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex during this year's Conrad Challenge. Photo: Brendan Byrne / WMFE

Pete Conrad was the third person to walk on the moon — but it wasn’t easy getting there. Conrad grew up with a learning disability: dyslexia. But for a high school principal who saw his potential, he might not have become an astronaut.

Conrad’s widow, Nancy, doesn’t want to see any other students miss out on their chance to walk on the moon. That’s why she started the Conrad Foundation to build on Pete’s legacy of innovation and tenacity by hosting yearly challenges for high school students.

The latest bunch of Conrad Challengers presented their projects last month at the Kennedy Space Center. From the education desk, 90.7’s space reporter Brendan Byrne sat down with Nancy Conrad to talk about Pete’s legacy and how she’s using his experience to educate the next generation of explorers.

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Education reporting on 90.7 News is supported by Helios Education Foundation.


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Brendan Byrne

About Brendan Byrne

Space Reporter and 'Intersection' Producer

Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts "Are We There Yet?", WMFE's space exploration podcast He also helps produce WMFE's twice-weekly public affairs show "Intersection," working with host Matthew Peddie to shape the ... Read Full Bio »

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