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