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Alan Bean Some Tools Of The Trade

" SOME TOOLS OF THE TRADE "
Alan Bean

125 s/n Giclee Canvas
12" x 11"

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Apollo 16, launched on April 16, 1972, was the fifth mission to land on the moon
the first to land in a highlands area. Commander John Young and Lunar Module
Pilot Charles Duke spent almost three days on the moon and brought back
94.7 kg of lunar samples.

“I painted Astronaut John Young at work collecting samples,” says artist and Astronaut
Alan Bean. “He had tools to dig, drive, hammer, rake, and drill; and bags to collect
and identify each sample.”

Creating the suite of tools and containers for the moon samples was not as simple
as it first seemed. Engineers had to worry about compromising future scientific analysis
with contamination from the equipment. Also, space suit gloves were bulky,
movement of the thumb and fingers were hard to coordinate, and there was almost
no sense of touch. The specialized tools on Apollo 16 allowed the two astronauts to
accomplish their mission. As Charlie Duke reported to Earth during his second
extra-vehicular activity (EVA), “John and I found a use for every tool we’ve got.”

This SmallWorks Fine Art Edition is a finely-tuned gift for the space enthusiast,
or a perfect complement to collector’s of our 2010 release: John Young
Leaps into History.

ALAN BEAN - October 2011

 

Some Tools Of The Trade - Alan Bean

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