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" HELPING HANDS "
850 s/n Limited Edition Print
18.625" x 28"
"I remember during our landing at the Ocean of Storms on Apollo XII, Pete Conrad
and I had hundreds of specific tasks to perform, some individually, some with each
other and some with Mission Control on Earth. We had switches to throw, voice
transmissions to make and receive, computers to operate, instuments to monitor
and buttons to push. It was like a concert where each musician has to play the right
note at the appointed time. Sometimes it wasn't easy because of the incredible view.
I found when I looked out the window and saw just where we were and what we
were doing, I would become distracted and start to lose a beat or two. I had to
keep telling myself to look inside and tend to business.
"This painting is a favorite remembrance of Pete and me working together. I had
just finished pounding a hollow core tube a foot or so down into the lunar soil with
my hammer. When I pulled the core tube back out, it contained a continous sample
of surface and subsurface soil.
"I have painted Pete holding the tool extension handle with the full core tube attached
while I unscrew the sharp edged bit and replace it with a cap. I then removed the
core tube from the tool extension and put it in the sample bag on my left hip.
"When we finished the photography and voice reports associated with documenting
this sample, I noticed I still had the bit in my hand so I stuck it in my pocket. I
it back to Earth and it rests on the mantle in my study today."
ALAN BEAN - June 1987 - HELPING HANDS
Helping Hands - Alan Bean
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