Moon Landings | Looking back to NASA's Apollo lunar missions
CHANNEL | Other
RECORDED | circa 2009
DURATION | 32 minutes 29 seconds
Alan Bean was already a painter in his spare time when he went to the moon as lunar module pilot in the Apollo 12 crew. In this interview, compiled from deleted scenes recorded for the documentary 'James May on the Moon', Bean shares anecdotes with James May and shows him what goes into each of the extraordinary paintings that have become his passion since he came back down to Earth.
Alan Bean, along with Charles 'Pete' Conrad, landed on the moon in the area known as the Ocean of Storms in November 1969, four months after the first lunar landing. The fourth man to walk on the moon's surface, he also participated in the Skylab space station project in 1973, acting as space commander in the second manned Skylab mission, which set a record for space flight of 59 days.
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