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Alan Bean - APOLLO AN EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT -  TRADE BOOK Published by the Greenwich Workshop

Hundreds of thousands of miles from Earth, a few brave men have risked their lives attempting the stuff of fantasies — to fly to the moon and walk on its surface. Alan Bean's new work, Apollo, is part of adventure-thriller, part documentary, part autobiography and part fine art book. With the historic flight of Senator John Glenn and the success of the Emmy-winning "From the Earth to the Moon," we are once again fascinated with these remarkable lunar missions — missions that challenged the inherent dangers of space travel.

As seen in USA Today, The New Yorker, Parade Magazine, Good Morning America

33,000 copies in print, now in its second printing

"Alan Bean re-creates the drama and excitement of man's exploration of the moon." — Neil Armstrong

APOLLO AN EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT
by Alan Bean

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TRADE BOOK
Image size: 9"w x 12"h.
Originally Published:
August 1998
$45.00 Also Available As:

COL. BOOK & PRINT
Image size: 24"w x 14 1/2"h.
$345.00


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Alan Bean
Twelve people have walked on the moon. Only one was an explorer artist, Alan Bean—Apollo XII astronaut, commander of Skylab II and artist. Born in 1932 in Wheeler, Texas and in 1950, Alan was selected for an NROTC scholarship at the University of Texas at Austin. Alan was commissioned an ensign in the United States Navy in 1955. Holder of eleven world records in space and astronautics, Alan Bean has had a most distinguished peacetime career. His awards include two NASA Distinguished Service Medals, the Yuri Gagarin Gold Medal and the Robert J. Collier Trophy. As part of the Apollo XII crew, he became the fourth of only twelve men ever to walk on the Moon. As the spacecraft commander of Skylab Mission II, he set a world record: 24,400,000 miles traveled during the 59-day flight. When he wasn’t flying, Bean always enjoyed painting as a hobby. Attending night classes at St. Mary’s College in Maryland in 1962, Alan experimented with landscapes. During training and between missions as a test pilot and astronaut, he continued private art lessons. On space voyages, his artist’s eye and talent enabled him to document impressions of the Moon and space to be preserved later on canvas. A voracious student, Alan began to immerse himself in polishing his talent with the same intensity he gave to his astronaut training. Inspired by the impressionists and studying under contemporary masters, he is a first-rate artist who is as comfortable rendering sharp realism as he is with portraying subtle emotions through a faceless spacesuit— but there's a bonus: As the only artist who has visited another world, Bean paints with an authenticity and insight completely unique in the entire history of art by creating a palette mirroring his artistic eye. His is a personal portfolio of the golden era of space exploration as viewed by the only artist who has BEEN there. His art reflects the attention to detail of the aeronautical engineer, the respect for the unknown of the astronaut and the unabashed appreciation of a skilled explorer artist. The space program has seen unprecedented achievements and Bean realized that most of those who participated actively in this adventure would be gone in forty years. He knew that if any credible artistic impressions were to remain for future generations, he must paint them now. “My decision to resign from NASA in 1981 was based on the fact that I am fortunate enough to have seen sights no other artist ever has,” Bean said, “and I hope to communicate these experiences through art.” He is pursuing this dream at his home and studio in Houston. Bean’s book, Apollo: An Eyewitness Account, which chronicles his first-person experience as an Apollo astronaut and explorer artist in words and paintings, was received with critical and popular acclaim upon its publication in 1998.


 

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