Fast Times on the Ocean of Storms by Alan Bean
In dreams, many people experience running in slow motion, but on the moon, in Fast Times on the Ocean of Storms, that’s the way it’s done, according to Alan Bean.
Fast Times on the Ocean of Storms captures Bean himself running – “like a gazelle,” he remembers it feeling like, but when he looked back and watched Apollo 12 Pete Conrad running, he saw that the process felt more graceful than it looked. Regardless of appearances, it “was relatively easy and a whole lot of fun.”
In addition to being the Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo XII, Alan Bean served as commander of Skylab Mission II, during which time he spent 59 days orbiting Earth. Images of the blue planet from space are also a major feature of Bean’s art. In all, during Alan Bean’s career as an astronaut, he logged in 1,671 hours and 45 minutes in space; on his 59-day flight as part of Skylab Mission, he set a world record of 24,400,000 miles traveled in space.
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