Apollo: An Eyewitness Account by Astronaut/explorer Artist/moonwalker Alan Bean

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Greenwich Workshop Press, 1998 - Art - 176 pages
"I believe this nation should commit itself, before the decade is out, to landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth." With those words, in May of 1961, President John F. Kennedy set an astounding challenge before the American people and the National Air and Space Administration (NASA). We would get to the moon in less than nine years. July 1999 marks the thirtieth anniversary of man's first moonwalk, and the sheer scope of the achievement still astounds us. NASA was sometimes asked, "Why not send an artist to the moon?" Well, they did, in Alan Bean, lunar module pilot for Apollo 12 and, on November 19, 1969, fourth man to walk on the moon. Bean resigned from NASA in 1981 to dedicate himself full-time to painting and, through his art, chronicling the Apollo missions. His paintings make the technological wonder of Apollo a human adventure. His very personal record of a unique time in our history shares the stories, memorializes the heroes both in space and on the ground and paints the landscape of a future world that only twelve astronauts have ever visited. 1998 HBO Apollo miniseries kicks off 30th anniversary; July 1969--first moonwalk.

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About the author (1998)

Alan LaVern Bean was born in Wheeler, Texas on March 15, 1932. He received a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering in 1955 from the University of Texas. He obtained a commission in Navy aviation and after completing test-pilot school was selected by NASA as one of 14 new astronauts in October 1963. He was a member of the Apollo 12 crew and became the fourth person to walk on the moon. In July 1973, he commanded a three-man flight to Skylab orbiting laboratory. The astronauts on that mission spent 59 days in space. He retired from the Navy in 1975, but remained with NASA until 1981 overseeing the training of future astronauts. He became a full-time artist. He wrote several books including Apollo written with Andrew Chaikin. He died on May 26, 2018 at the age of 86.

Andrew Chaikin was born in 1956. At the age of nine, he became interested in outerspace and the moon when Ed White walked in space on Gemini 4. While studying geology at Brown University, Chaikin worked as an intern at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Upon graduation, he began his writing career, and eventually became an editor at Sky and Telescope magazine in the Boston area. Chaikin has written numerous articles for magazines, including Science Digest, Popular Science, and World Book. Coauthor of the book The New Solar System, the bible for planetary scientists and space artists, Chaikin's biggest accomplishment as a writer is his book A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts. Chaikin spent eight years researching and writing the book, which chronicles the adventures of the astronauts who participated in the Apollo missions. The classic book became the basis for the HBO 12-hour miniseries, "From the Earth to the Moon," which was produced by Apollo 13 actor Tom Hanks. Chaikin served as a consultant on the miniseries, and even had a small cameo in one of the episodes. Chaikin, also a skilled artist, enjoys playing the guitar.

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