Apollo: An Eyewitness Account by Alan Bean, Stated First Edition, Signed by Bean, 1998

Bean, Alan, with Andrew Chaikin. Apollo: An Eyewitness Account. Shelton: The Greenwich Workshop Press, 1998. Stated first edition. Signed by Alan Bean in blue ink. Oversized hardcover blue cloth binding with embossed silver titles and astronaut. With original pictorial dust jacket.

This is a signed, first edition printing of Alan Bean’s Apollo: An Eyewitness Account. The memoir is a wonderful firsthand account of Bean’s experiences on the Apollo 12 mission. The book offers a personal account of the journey, triumphs, and difficulties of the Apollo 12 mission to the Moon and back, and is richly illustrated throughout with Bean’s own colorful paintings and sketches. 

The Apollo 12 mission was Bean’s first flight into space and only the second crewed mission to land on the Moon. From November 14 - 22 1969, the Apollo 12 mission surveyed and sampled the Lunar mare area and deployed the Apollo Lunar Surface Experiment Package (ALSEP). The mission developed new techniques for point landing capability and working in the extreme lunar environment, and obtained photographs and candidate exploration sites.

Alan Bean (1932 - 2018) is remembered as an astronaut, a scientist, and an artist. Bean was the fourth man to walk on the Moon and piloted the Lunar Module on the Apollo 12 mission. On that mission, Bean logged nearly 8 hours of time walking the Moon’s surface with Pete Conrad exploring the Moon’s Ocean of Storms. After safely completing the mission, Bean continued working with NASA for many years and commanded the Second Skylab Crew from July 19 - September 25, 1973. He eventually retired from the Navy and NASA to follow his passion for painting and sculpting. Bean’s artwork focused on depicting the unique and other-worldly sights he saw throughout his career. The first artist to paint realistic depictions of scenes outside Earth, Bean’s artwork was highly successful.

Andrew L. Chaikin (born June 24, 1956) is an American author, speaker and science journalist. He is the author of A Man on the Moon, a detailed description of the Apollo missions to the Moon. This book formed the basis for From the Earth to the Moon, a 12-part HBO miniseries. From 1999 to 2001, Chaikin served as executive editor for space and science at Space.com. From 2008 to 2011, he was a faculty member for Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. In 2013, he wrote and performed the narration on a NASA video re-creating the taking of the famous Earthrise photo during the Apollo 8 mission. His book A Man on the Moon: One Giant Leap states that he worked at the NASA/Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory on the Viking program.

CONDITION: 

Very good condition. Large format hardcover book. Blue cloth hardboards, with silver embossed titles and embossed stamp of an astronaut to the front board. Original pictorial dust jacket. Dust jacket in good condition, with only a few scuffs and light creasing. Illustrated throughout, in full color. Signed “Alan Bean” in blue ink. 176 pages. Book Dimensions: 12 ¼” H x 9 ½” W x 1” D.




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