NASA Art on Tour
A traveling exhibit from the space agency's right brain.
- By Rebecca Maksel
- AirSpaceMag.com, March 09, 2010
Gemini Recovery, Robert McCall, watercolor on paper, 16 x 20 inches, 1965
In this painting, “The Gemini V crew, Gordon Cooper and Charles Conrad, bob in a life raft beside their spacecraft as a helicopter comes to the rescue after their Earth orbital mission, which took place in August 1965. It was the longest manned flight to date—7 days, 22 hours, and 55 minutes. Artist Robert T. McCall documented the return of the crew from the recovery ship USS Lake Champlain in the Atlantic Ocean.”
McCall had also been in the first group of NASA artists covering Gordon Cooper’s last Mercury flight in 1963. "Peter Hurd, who was with the group of seven at the Cape, marveled at the scenery: ‘I am certain that I speak for all when I say we were, each of us, tremendously stirred and often awed by the things we saw and heard during those five crowded days.’…