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Alan Bean - This Beautiful Planet is Revolving Around the Three of Us -  LIMITED EDITION CANVAS Published by the Greenwich Workshop

          This Beautiful Planet is Revolving Around the Three of Us
by Alan Bean

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Published: August 2017

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"This Beautiful Planet is Revolving Around the Three of Us" by Alan Bean

The Apollo 16 crew have just awakened from their first sleep period. The previous day had been a busy and exciting one for John Young, Ken Mattingly, and Charlie Duke. It began with a flawless launch on top of the mighty Saturn V, a brief orbit around the Earth to check out their Command Module, and a long burn of the SIV-B third stage to reach translunar injection velocity. Once on their way toward the Moon, they separated from the spent rocket, turned around and docked with the lunar module, and then pulled it away for their 240,000 mile journey to the Moon.

Because they are exposed to harsh continuous sunlight on their journey between the Earth and the Moon, they have oriented their docked spacecraft with the long axis perpendicular to the Sun. The crew then programmed their computer to slowly rotate their two spacecraft so that the temperatures within them remain within acceptable limits.

Let's listen to CapCom Tony England's conversation with Lunar Module Pilot Charlie Duke, and Command Module Pilot Ken Mattingly:

Charlie: Tony, you just went by my window, and that half Earth, man, is a spectacular sight.

Tony: I bet it is. I'm green with envy.

Charlie: Well, I don't want to trade with you.

Tony: (With laughter) You say the world looked pretty good when it went by?

Ken: How far out are we now, Tony?

Tony: 108,285.1 (nautical miles)

Ken: I think one of the most impressive sights, Tony, is the cloud formations you can see and the polar icecap.

Because they are in the barbeque mode, John, Ken, and Charlie are seeing the Sun, Earth, Moon, and stars in a curious, yet strangely familiar way. It appears that the universe is revolving around them every seventeen minutes.

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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