Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Al Bean shares Apollo 12 with community college students in Iowa

"Is anybody out there?" by Alan Bean. Apollo 12 Lunar Module Pilot Alan Bean became the fourth of twelve humans to set foot on the Moon, November 19, 1969, the first pinpoint, targeted landing on another world. After Pete Conrad and Bean returned to Earth with Command Module Pilot Dick Gordon, Bean retired from NASA and the U.S. Navy and became a professional artist. He's made an enjoyable attempt to capture the experience in his art ever since [Alan Bean Gallery (2000) 30 3/4 x 41 inches, Textured Acryllic with Moon Dust on Aircraft Plywood].

KCCI.com - Des Moines - A man who walked on the moon just four months after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took their historic steps appeared in Des Moines on Friday to share his experience.

Alan Bean was part of the Apollo 12 mission to land on and explore the Ocean of Storms in late 1969.

"It was more than my childhood dream," Bean said. "I feel that I'm the luckiest person you've ever met."

Read the story HERE.

Midday on the Ocean of Storms - High-Sun Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) Narrow-Angle Camera (NAC) frame showing Oceanus Procellarum, including the Apollo 12 landing site explored by Pete Conrad and Al Bean in 1969. Can you spot the descent stage of the lunar module Intrepid and the Surveyor III spacecraft in the ASU Zoomify frame [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].

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