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Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-12-2012 05:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Greenwich Workshop release
Ceremony on the Plain at Hadley
by Alan Bean

  • Giclee print
    Image size: 24"w x 16"h.
    Edition Size: 150
    US: $275.00
"Falcon is on the plain at Hadley," reported the excited Apollo 15 Commander David R. Scott on July 30, 1971. Dave and lunar module pilot Jim Irwin were on the surface of the moon at a site rich with scientific potential. They would be able to make observations and gather samples for some three and a half days and would have for their use the first car on the moon, an electric dune buggy.

But first, the matter of ceremony. Planting the flag, or perhaps a stick or spear before flags were created, has been a tradition in exploration since ancient times, and moon exploration was no exception. They couldn't, however, count on the wind blowing the flag since there is no air on the moon. So they used a small metal snap-up curtain rod along the top edge of the flag.

Why had we gone to the moon at all? Was it worth the cost? There may be no single answer to these questions which we must all decide for ourselves. The spirit of exploration is either in your heart or it is not. Dave Scott spoke eloquently when he said, "As I stand here in the wonders of the unknown at Hadley, I try to realize there is a fundamental truth to our nature. Man must explore. And this is exploration at its greatest."

Spacefest
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posted 09-12-2012 05:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The latest Alan Bean giclee (release late October), is a scene from Apollo 15. Edition is 150 only. Pre-order at Astronaut Central.

ilbasso
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posted 09-14-2012 01:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I love Alan Bean's work, but this one looks a little strange to me. It looks like the Irwin salute with one of the profile shots of Buzz Aldrin at the flag pasted in. The pose seems unnatural somehow. Otherwise, I'd love to have it!

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