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heng44
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posted 03-17-2012 03:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Astronaut Alan Bean is assisting artist Robert McCall in painting the 72x16-foot mural 'Opening the Space Frontier - the Next Giant Step' on the wall of the Building 2 Auditorium at JSC in early 1979.

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posted 03-17-2012 04:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great photo Ed! This mural would still exist?

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posted 03-17-2012 04:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Man I would have loved to have been the intern on that project. I would have been their go-fer, cleaned brushes, anything just to soak up some knowledge.

heng44
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posted 03-17-2012 05:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tim, my feelings exactly. Can anyone confirm the mural still exists?

history in miniature
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posted 03-17-2012 06:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for history in miniature   Click Here to Email history in miniature     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Beautiful picture, thanks for posting Ed.

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posted 03-17-2012 08:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for David Stephenson   Click Here to Email David Stephenson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow, what a great painting. I love the reflection in the visor.

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posted 03-17-2012 08:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Last I heard the mural still exists. At one time it was possible to buy a print of the full mural. The print made for a very nice multi-signed print I carried to every Autographica for about 8 years.

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posted 03-17-2012 10:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, the mural still exists. It wraps around the entrance to the Teague Auditorium in Building 2 South. The only surviving Lunar Landing Training Vehicle (LLTV) and an early shuttle development model are suspended from the ceiling in front of it.

Public access to the mural is limited to either open house days (such as the annual Ballunar Liftoff Festival) or sometimes through the premium Level 9 tour offered by Space Center Houston (it is not always one of the stops).

heng44
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Good to know it still exists. I have about 200 photos of McCall creating the mural, from start to finish. Here is a picture of the completed work. Very impressive.

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posted 03-17-2012 01:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you indeed find a chance to visit the auditorium, I encourage it. Plus, following the cooridor that runs down the lefthand side to where you get to the NASA television studio entrance, you'll find some display cases that contain some momentos from Apollo Soyuz. There is also an STS-107 mural there as well as the recovered Columbia data recorder in a sealed case.

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posted 03-17-2012 02:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's a recent photo I took of the mural...

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