Alan Bean, Artist

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Apollo astronaut Alan Bean {wiki} was the fourth man to walk on the moon, during the Apollo 12 mission in 1969. He is the only artist to have visited another world, so his paintings of the lunar environment have the authenticity of an eyewitness. In 1981, he retired from Nasa to devote time to his art. See those paintings at his online gallery, and stories that accompany each one. Link -via Ursi’s Blog

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I grew up near Houston, and I saw several of his paintings in person at NASA. They're really cool. Once, when I was a kid, a women on the tour asked the guide, "Did he paint those on the moon?"

I still crack up when I think about it.
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British band Hefner released a very cool little song about Alan Bean a few years ago. Not surprisingly, it's called 'Alan Bean' and is available on their album 'Dead Media'. Here it here:

http://99centimos.imeem.com/music/DDCLHqez/hefner_alan_bean/
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