Kissing the Earth w/book (limited edition print) by Alan Bean
Astronaut and Artist Alan Bean describes what he saw from the window of the lunar module and how he was affected by the sight. “As I looked out my small triangular-shaped forward window, I could see the sharply curved horizon. We indeed were obiting a body much smaller than the earth. As I looked, the earth, some 239,000 miles away, appeared to rapidly rise. Australia was just coming into view. It was breathtaking.
“After returning to earth, I had to paint my experience. But what would be a suitable title? I thought of a favorite painting by Winslow Homer, an American artist of the late 1800s, depicting three fishermen in a small boat. In the distance was a faint, full moon just being touched by the earth’s horizon. Homer’s title, ‘Kissing the Moon.’
“Seeing our shiny blue and white planet rise above the moon is a wonderful memory I think of often now. But then, in November of 1969, I wondered if I would ever see our beautiful planet earth again.”
Also included is the hardcover book by Alan Bean, “Painting Apollo: First Artist on Another World”. Hardcover | 224 pages.
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