DescriptionAlan Bean Signed Limited Edition "In the Beginning..." Print, #271/1000, Signed by a Total of Twenty Apollo Astronauts including Eight Moonwalkers. A 26" x 32" color lithograph issued in 1994 based on a 1993 acrylic painting by Bean. Around the central artwork of the celebrating astronauts on the moon are the mission insignias of all eleven manned Apollo spaceflights. At least one member of each crew has signed in pencil beneath their respective emblem. Apollo 7:"Wally Schirra", "Walt Cunningham". Apollo 8: "Frank Borman". Apollo 9: "Jim McDivitt", "Rusty Schweickart". Apollo 10:"Tom Stafford". Apollo 11: "Buzz Aldrin", "Michael Collins". Apollo 12: "Charles Conrad Jr", "Richard Gordon", "Alan Bean". Apollo 13:"James Lovell", "Fred Haise". Apollo 14: "Alan Shepard", "Stuart Roosa", "Edgar Mitchell". Apollo 15:"Dave Scott", "Al Worden". Apollo 16: "Charlie Duke". Apollo 17: "Harrison H. Schmitt". This represents eight of the twelve moonwalkers and eighteen of the twenty-four moonfliers as well as the complete crews of Apollo 12 and Apollo 14. Slight bend at lower left corner would mat out, very fine. From the family collection of the late Tom McFadden.
Alan Bean relates the story behind the image: "I knew that creating a painting to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the first lunar landing and the total Apollo program would be difficult. I wanted it to show some of the more important things we did on the Moon and, most of all, the spirit of the adventure as we astronauts experienced it. But how does one show in a single painting the dedication, the intensity, the self sacrifice, the sense of duty, history and patriotism that engulfed us all in our quest for the Moon? I didn't know if it could be done, but I began... I enjoyed creating 'In the Beginning...' in this way because it was created just like Apollo. It was not the handiwork of any one person but of many dedicated people working together to make an ages-old dream come true..."
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