"PETE" CONRAD'S ONE SMALL STEP THE NEIL ARMSTRONG QUOTE BET.
Color photograph, 10 by 8 inches, of Apollo XII Commander Charles "Pete" Conrad as he begins his descent down the Lunar Module (LM) ladder to the lunar surface. Taken by Alan Bean while still inside the LM.
INSCRIBED and SIGNED: "Man, that may have been a small on for Neil but that's long one for me! CHARLES CONRAD, Cdr, Apollo XII," his first words as he stepped off the last rung of the LM ladder and onto the lunar surface.
Pete Conrad was only 5 feet 6 inches in height and the last rung of the LM ladder was some three feet above the surface. That always presented a challenge to Conrad during training. When Italian reporter Oriana Fallaci inquired if Armstrong's first words from the moon were a directive from NASA, Conrad emphatically told her certainly not. To prove it, Conrad bet Fallaci that he would say this humorous quote as his own first words to a live world-wide television audience. Pete Conrad won the bet! but was never able to collect!