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Straightening Our Stripes - Astronaut By Alan Bean

By Alan Bean

Straightening Our Stripes - Astronauts by Alan Bean

I recall that, when Apollo 11 got back to Earth in July of 1969, Life Magazine was eagerly shifting through the flight photos to find just the right one for their cover. With each passing minute, their concern grew stronger. "Is this Neil?" "No, that's Buzz." "How about this?" "That's Buzz, too." I have a copy of that Life Magazine and, on the cover, Neil Armstrong is a hazy, golden reflection in Buzz Aldrin's helmet visor, a blowup of a photo taken by Neil himself."

"At the time, it was concluded that there was no photograph of "the first man on the Moon" actually on the Moon because Neil mounted the camera on his spacesuit and never passed the camera back to Buzz and posed himself. Almost twenty years later, after more careful study of the photos, some experts now believe that a photo of an astronaut stowing equipment is, in fact, the first human on the Moon: Neil Armstrong."

"To make this painting authentic, I studied and sketched the television pictures of Neil deploying the flag. I then asked NASA to pose a man in a spacesuit under similar lighting conditions. They agreed and this painting is the result."

"I painted Neil stretching the bottom of the flag to eliminate creases. The flag had been folded during the flight from Earth to the Sea of Tranquility. Neil said of the flag installation, "It went as planned except that the telescoping top rod could not be extended. It didn't show much." He added, "I was able to stick the flagpole 6 to 8 inches in the lunar dust. The first 4 or 5 inches were fairly easy. After that, it gets hard quickly."

Most Americans watching on Earth didn't even notice, we were so happy it was our flag and not one from some other nation." ~ Alan Bean

Straightening our Stripes - Astronauts by Alan Bean is available for sale as a signed and numbered limited edition print with a 17-1/2 x 27 image size for sale priced at $___ unframed.

Order yours today before they are gone. All artwork is professionally boxed and fully insured guaranteed to arrive in mint condition. This painting was published in June of 1999.

The artists is 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 an astronaut taking photos on the moon. Astronauts in art prints and paintings painted by Astronaut Alan Bean.

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