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Blue Dot 164:
Apollo 12 at Fifty: A Pinpoint Landing on the Moon!

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The Cosmic Shed PODCAST

The Cosmic Shed:
Amy Bean – Moonwalker’s Daughter

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Blue Dot 169:
Growing Up Apollo: An Interview With Moonwalkers’ and Flight Controller Kids

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BBC News

BBC News:
Apollo Moon Landing — ‘My Dad Literally Loved Us to the Moon and Back’

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Event Coverage

ABC 13 News

ABC Channel 13 News:
Children of Apollo Astronauts Hope for Return to the Moon

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Print Articles

Le Monde

Le Monde:
Péres absents, solitudes des méres, angoisse du non-retour… Les enfants d’Apollo racontent

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Houston Chronicle

Houston Chronicle:
Apollo Children Grew Up with Moon Always Looming; Kids ‘Born Into Space Program’ Then Unaware of How Special Dads Were

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Houston Chronicle

Houston Chronicle:
Astronauts share joy, risks of liftoff with their kids. Before impending launch, Behnken — like his predecessors — prepared son for fiery sight

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Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Alan Bean Walked on the Moon. And, Then He Had to Survive this Wild Fort Worth Parade.

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Featured Artwork

'Earth is Watching' by Alan Bean

Earth is Watching by Alan Bean

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Earth is Watching

Painting Completed 1983, 24”x 36”, Acrylic on Masonite

Astronaut Jack Schmitt is painted as he pauses for a moment in the shadow of a large boulder to put a 500-millimeter telephoto lens on his Hasselblad camera. It may take him a few minutes because it calls for precise manipulation of the lens and camera, yet Jack must perform the task in relatively clumsy gloves. The gloves make subtle finger motion awkward or impossible.

The telephoto lens was along on Apollo 17 to photograph distant objects or places too far away to travel in the rover during the limited time on the lunar surface. For example, a series of photographs of North Massive where we are now shows that this boulder was originally located 500 meters up to the left but broke and slowly slid down during the last 4 billion years or so. It is not your typical avalanche.

The tires of the rover are not made of rubber but rather a combination of spring wires woven into tire shape. The TV camera on the rover is being directed from mission control in Houston. It was great for us viewers on Earth but a mixed blessing for Jack. It was about this time that mission control reminded him to lower his gold visor. Jack felt he was a better geologist when he was looking only through the clear Lexan visor.

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