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Alan Bean - Apollo 12 Is Headed Home -  SMALLWORK CANVAS EDITION Published by the Greenwich Workshop

          Apollo 12 Is Headed Home
by Alan Bean

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Limited Edition of: 125
Image Size: 12"w x 9"h.
Published: October 2015

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Pete Conrad, Dick Gordon and I are headed back home to planet Earth. Boy, does that small blue and white ball look beautiful. It is hard to believe three point six billion humans are scattered all over the surface of that sphere, but I know it is true.

One thing that was easy to believe, though, was that if our service module rocket engine did not perform as it was designed to do some thirteen minutes and twenty six seconds earlier, we were going to spend the brief rest of our lives circling this small, dusty and cratered Moon.

This was not something we spent any time thinking about during the earlier part of the mission, but it remained in the backs of our minds. I remember that I thought about it more during our final revolution of the moon as we began preparation for our trans-earth injection (TEI) engine burn.

This is where we had to believe in the people we had worked with back on Earth. We had to have confidence that the humans who had designed, built, assembled, and tested the service module rocket engine had done their jobs to perfection. Dick would say, “I always had confidence the engine would start and burn for as long as we needed it to.” For some reason I was more concerned with insuring we maintained the right burn attitude up to and during TEI. We had verified this inertial attitude with mission control before we went behind the moon that last time, but as I looked out the window at that time, we were pointed at the center of the Moon. I knew this was the way it had to be so that we would be aligned with our velocity vector at the planned ignition time, but it was a bit disconcerting.

Well, our service module propulsion system team had done their jobs perfectly. As we came out from behind the moon that last time and could see our home some two hundred and thirty nine thousand miles distant, Pete would report to mission control, “Apollo 12 is headed home.”

One last memory: as I looked out my window at the Moon, it looked like we were going straight up and away at tremendous speed; much faster than when we left the earth just eleven days ago. I guess that is what one sees when leaving a small planet with only one-sixth the gravity of the earth. I felt like we were going to be home safe in just a few days.

Own a unique and beautiful piece of lunar history, Alan Bean’s Apollo 12 is Headed Home, is painted by the first and only artist to visit another world. Each canvas is signed by the legendary Apollo 12 astronaut, moonwalker and artist ― each a work of art, each a historic document, each your own personal connection to traveling in space. Own a Fine Art Edition Canvas by astronaut and explorer Alan Bean and you will never look at the Moon the same way again.

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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