Gwen and Alan Bean (4th man on the moon)

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UploadedAugust 20, 2009
TakenFebruary 16, 2009
ModelCanon PowerShot G9
Exposure1/80 sec at f/4
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Focal Length7.4 mm
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Capt Bean autographing my book. Alan is 77 years old.

As the Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 12, Alan Bean was the fourth man to set foot on the moon. He explored the beautifully desolate landscape of the Ocean of Storms and later, as commander of Skylab Mission II, Alan spent 59 days in orbit around our fragile, blue-and-white Earth.

Alan had been painting earthbound subjects for many years by the time he began training to pilot the space shuttle, but his fellow astronauts convinced him to paint his experiences on the moon.

“You can create the very first paintings in all of history of a place other than our own planet,” they said. “Your paintings will forever be the first paintings of the many other worlds humans will visit as the centuries unfold.”

Because of this unprecedented opportunity and challenge, Alan resigned from NASA in 1981 to devote all of his time and energy to painting.

Over the years, Alan's art has evolved into a mixture of painting and sculpture, textured with lunar tools, sprinkled with bits of Apollo spacecraft and a touch of moon dust. You can see many of Alan Bean's paintings on this site and read more about the space-age techniques and materials used in his work.

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  • Justin Sheely

    Justin Sheely (Deleted) said (19 Aug 2009):

    There is a good story behind this picture, I would love to know what it is...

  • David Lee Tiller

    David Lee Tiller said (19 Aug 2009):

    Gwen and I went to the annual telescope makers convention "Stellafane" (shrine to the stars) in Springfield VT last weekend. This year is the 400th anniversary of the telescope. Capt Bean was the guest speaker! We met a moon walker!!! YEEHAAAAWWW ;O)

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