In honor of all astronauts who took part in the Apollo program
There may be no finer collection of Apollo astronaut signatures than on this beautiful print by Alan Bean, a moon walker himself (Apollo 12)!
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong took one small step for a man and a giant leap for mankind. On November 15, 1969, Alan Bean also set foot on the Moon. Twenty-five years later, "In the Beginning"
was created to celebrate the anniversary.
"I knew that creating a painting to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the first lunar landing and the total Apollo program would be difficult," says Bean. "How does one show in a single painting the dedication, the intensity, the self-sacrifice, the sense of duty, history and patriotism that engulfed all of us in our quest for the Moon?"
With a little help from his friends, that's how. Just as the Apollo program itself was the collaboration of many, Bean sought suggestions from fellow astronauts, artists and good friends before creating this image. The result is this stirring portrait of Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon, celebrating their accomplishment in red, white and blue while Gene Cernan, the latest moon explorer, gives a friendly wave at the planet they've temporarily left behind.Signatures:Apollo 7
Charles Conrad Jr.
Fred W. Haise
Alan B. Shepard Jr.
Stuart A. Roosa
Harrison H. "Jack" Schmitt