"An American Success Story"Alan Bean Original 36" x 46" Painting of Apollo 16's John Young on the Moon. An absolutely stunning image of Apollo 16 Commander John Young saluting the American flag with Earth in the background. Acrylic paint on Masonite. This was accomplished by moonwalker Alan Bean in the 1980s and is one of his largest paintings. Here are his comments (as on a sheet attached to the back of the painting): "I painted Astronaut John Young as he stood proudly on the Moon, but for a while it didn't look like he and Charlie Duke would even land there at all. Earlier, as they had been orbiting the Moon in their Lunar Module preparing for descent, a call came from Ken Mattingly in the command module reporting an unexpected oscillation in the backup steering system for the rocket engine. They all knew that if this oscillation prevented the backup system from controlling the rocket properly then all three crew members would have to return to Earth as soon as possible. This would be the only prudent course of action because if the primary system should fail at any time there would be no way to steer the rocket engine. Apollo XVI and her crew would orbit the Moon forever.
"Immediately engineers and technicians at Mission Control in Houston and at other key locations were alerted. Could they determine if the oscillations would prevent the backup steering system from doing its job? From North American Rockwell in California to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida records were searched, simulations were run, and tests were conducted. In less than six hours the results were in. The oscillations would damp out as rocket thrust built up at engine start. The mission could continue. We all breathed a collective sigh of relief.
"As John Young would say later, 'It was a cliff-hanger from where we were sitting in the cockpit. But the ground, who were calling in data from all over the country, really came through. With a couple of clutch hits, they put us right back in the ball game. It was a superb performance.'"
A museum-quality work of art that would be the centerpiece of any art or space collection. Framed. Excellent condition.
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