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Alan Bean A Fire To Be Lighted

" A FIRE TO BE LIGHTED "
Alan Bean

100 s/n Giclee Canvas
27" x 18"

$650

“The Falcon is on the Plain at Hadley.” These were the first words heard back on Earth
when Dave Scott and Jim Irwin made their landing in July 1971. Falcon had alighted
them on a scientific bonanza.As Dave looked around from Falcon’s overhead hatch,
he thought, “No place on Earth has such a concentration of features.”There were
mountains taller than Everest (relative to their surroundings) and a meandering
gorge a mile across, a thousand feet deep and seventy miles long.Lunar exploration
had come a long way since Neil and Buzz made their first moonwalk just two years
earlier. Dave and Jim had the lunar rover, a moon car that would make possible
five times the total surface exploration of the three previous missions combined;
and they had improved space suit backpacks which allowed them to stay outside
their spacecraft nearly twice as long as any of us who had flown earlier. I have
painted Dave Scott, a good friend and skilled explorer, at the pinnacle of his
astronaut career. In his own words, “We went to the Moon as trained observers
in order to gather data, not only with our instruments on board, but also with our
minds. Plutarch, a wise man who lived a long time ago, expressed the feelings
of the crew of Apollo 15 when he wrote ‘the mind is not a vessel to be filled,
but a fire to be lighted.”

ALAN BEAN - October 2005

 

A Fire To Be Lighted - Alan Bean

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