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Astronaut Alan Bean’s paintings are “Out of this World”

Astronaut-artist displays artwork at LBJ Library

WEAN News 8 Austin 10/1/2008

By: Heidi Zhou

Alan Bean, pointing toward Earth Alan Bean said he feels like the luckiest man in the world, both here on Earth and in the skies above.

"I remember saying, ‘This is the moon, we’re really here, this is the moon," Bean said, "and I looked up and the earth was right there."

Bean became the fourth man on the moon as part of the Apollo 12 mission in 1969. He has relived that moment through his paint brush ever since.

"My friends, other astronauts, said, ‘Look, you’ve got to quit painting what other people paint. You’ve got to paint the moon … ."

Alan Bean painting


For the rest of Heidi Zhou’s News 8 Austin interview with Alan Bean and video, go here.

Alan Bean’s "Out of this World" art exhibit is on display through April 2009 at the Lyndon B. Johnson Library.

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