Lunar Grand Prix shows us that it was a dune buggy ride like no other as astronaut John Young, commander of Apollo 16, puts the lunar rover through its paces, at one point reaching a maximum speed of 10 km per hour (a little more than 6 m.p.h.)
And while this may seem slow to us on earth, Young describes the rocky and uneven terrain of the moon, along with its different gravitational force, as challenges to appreciate.
Young’s companion astronaut Charlie Duke, who filmed the scene, told Houston at the time, “. . . Man, Indy has never seen a driver like this.”
“You can create the very first paintings in all of history of a place other than our own planet,” his fellow astronauts said, as they urged Alan Bean to use his skills to paint his, and their, Apollo experiences on the moon.
“Your paintings will forever be the first paintings of the many other worlds humans will visit as the centuries unfold.”
Realizing that the people who instrumentally participated in man’s first great foray into space travel would be gone within 40 years, Bean knew that if any credible images of the adventure were to be passed onto future generations, it was up to him to create them. Add a piece of history to your wall today by purchasing Lunar Grand Prix!
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