“Of all astronauts who have ever put on a space suit, Pete Conrad is my absolute favorite,” says artist and astronaut Alan Bean. “He was the best seat-of-the-pants man I have ever known. His instincts were usually right, he stayed on course and he always gave his best shot. On the flight of Apollo 12, he knew when to hustle and when to slow down and enjoy the view. In this painting, Pete is taking my photograph with his chest-mounted Hasselblad camera. We used the camera mostly for scientific documentation, but as often as we could think of it, we also used the camera as tourists in a strange and wonderful world. Note the cuff-mounted checklist that told us what we were to do next and kept us on schedule.”
This limited edition signed and numbered print is affixed with six specially designed postage stamps from the Isle of Man. They were cancelled on November 19, 2009 with gold-foil postmarks commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the November 19th and 20th 1969 moonwalks of Conrad and Bean. The six cancelled stamps affixed to each print feature Alan Bean’s artwork.
The Isle of Man is an internally self-governing, dependent territory of the British Crown, situated in the heart of the British Isles. Pete and Me was created as an edition of 100 for sale by the Isle of Man Postal Office. 30 have been held in our Vault and are available for sale for the first time in the United States.