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Reaching For The Stars - Astronauts By Alan Bean

By Alan Bean

Reaching For The Stars - Astronauts by Alan Bean

In his book "Apollo: An Eyewitness Account," Alan Bean says of "Reaching for the Stars," "In one sense this is a painting of a universal astronaut, symbolizing everyone who flew in Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and Apollo-Soyuz. It also represents those who fly on space shuttles and will fly on a space station and on future missions only dreamed about at this time. The astronaut is an emissary of us all, soaring away from our planet earth ... But in a broader view ['Reaching for the Stars' symbolizes] all of us who possess a dedicated and adventurous spirit no matter what our interests or age."

From the first American in space to the last flight of an Apollo aircraft, 24 Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab & Apollo-Soyuz astronauts signed Reaching for the Stars designating it a significant historical document. This canvas is an exact 3-D replica of the painting by Apollo 12 Moonwalker Alan Bean, making it an incredible piece of art. As a single document, Reaching for the Stars is one of the most fascinating and important records of the exploration of space you could possibly own.

Five Mercury, eight Gemini, fifteen Apollo, six Moonwalkers, eight Skylab and one Apollo - Soyuz program astronauts all signed Reaching for the Stars. Such a record can never be created again. These are the men who visited the heavens at a time when the eyes of the world looked to space, the moon and beyond.

From the Moon to You: Astronaut – Explorer – Moonwalker Alan Bean’s Unique Technique

Reaching for the Stars was created for the rotunda of the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame as an inspirational mural. In his work of art, you can actually feel and see the vestiges of lunar exploration. Just as with his original, your canvas features Alan Bean’s trademark “moonprints” of authentic lunar boots, impressions from a core tube-bit used to collect lunar soil samples and marks from a hammer used to drive the staff of the American flag into the Moon’s surface.

Meticulously produced over a five months period, this textured canvas faithfully recreates the look and feel of the original painting—including the artist’s brush strokes—using a state-of-the-art combination of technological, artistic and craftsmanship skills. No other reproduction process compares in quality and value. The resulting fine art canvas is as close as you will come to owning the original work of art.

Owning a Piece of History

Possibly not since the Declaration of Independence have two dozen great American heroes joined together to countersign and create such a historically significant work of art. In October, 1997, the astronauts came together for three reasons: to declare the expansion and renovation of the Astronaut Hall of Fame, to celebrate the induction of Apollo-era astronauts to the Hall (with Walter Cronkite as emcee) and to countersign Reaching for the Stars—specifically created to commemorate this once-in-a-lifetime event. the personal and individual signatures of each astronaut are written on the textured surface of this special, superior-quality canvas.

Countersigned by astronauts from the Mercury, Gemeni, Apollo, Skylab and Apollo-Soyluz programs:

Buzz Aldrin (Gemini 12 & Apollo 11)

Alan L. Bean (Apollo 12 & Skylab 3)

M. Scott Carpenter (Mercury 7)

Gerald P. Carr (Skylab 4)

Charles "Pete" Conrad (Gemini 5 & Gemini 11, Apollo 12, Skylab 3)

L. Gordon Cooper, Jr. (Mercury 9)

Walter Cunningham (Apollo 7)

Charles M. Duke, Jr. (Apollo 16)

Owen K. Garriott (Skylab 3)

Edward G. Gibson (Skylab 4)

John H. Glenn, Jr. (Mercury 6)

Richard F. Gordon, Jr. (Gemini 11 & Apollo 12)

Fred W. Haise, Jr. (Apollo 13)

James A. Lovell (Gemini 12 & Apollo 8 & Apollo 13)

Jack R. Lousma (Skylab 3)

James A. McDivitt (Gemini 4 & Apollo 9)

Edgar D. Mitchell (Apollo 14)

William R. Pogue (Skylab 4)

Walter M Schirra, Jr. (Gemini 6, Mercury 9, Apollo 7)

Russell L. Schweickart (Apollo 9)

Alan B. Shepard, Jr. (Mercury 3 & Apollo 14)

Thomas P. Stafford (Gemini 6, 9, Apollo 10 & Apollo-Soyuz)

Paul J. Weitz (Skylab 2)

Alfred M. Worden (Apollo 15)

Reaching For The Stars - Astronauts by Alan Bean was published in September of 1997 as a signed and numbered limited edition giclee canvas with a 34 x 27 image size for sale priced at $1,650. Order yours today before they are gone.

They can be ordered framed or unframed. We are a full service custom frame shop and can build a design to meet any style or budget. Order yours today. All artwork is professionally boxed and insured and guaranteed to arrive in mint condition. All artwork has been hand signed by the artist. The artists was an astronaut, Captain Alan Bean was the lunar module pilot on Apollo 12, the fourth man to walk on the moon and commander of Skylab 2. “I am fortunate enough to have seen sights no other artist ever has,” Bean says. In this painting he painted an astronaut on a space walk on the surface of the moon. Astronauts in art prints and paintings painted by Astronaut Alan Bean.

Types Dimensions Edition Size Price Cart
Signed And Numbered Limited Edition Canvas Print 34 x 27 Image Size 1500 $1,650.00

Signed And Numbered Limited Edition Artist Proof Giclee Canvas 34 x 27 Image Size Artist Proof $2,450.00

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