The Best of Bean

A collection of otherworldly paintings goes on display at the National Air and Space Museum.

(Courtesy Alan Bean)

Mountains of the Moon with the Lunar Module Falcon

Of this 1993 painting, Russo notes, “Falcon rests in solitude on the uneven Plains of Hadley with the Apennine Mountains on the horizon. The area is near the eastern edge of Mare Imbrium, the dark ‘sea’ that forms the left eye of the Man in the Moon.

“The lunar rovers driven by Jim Irwin and Dave Scott covered more ground than all three previous Apollo missions. Scott remarked, ‘These mountains were never quickened by life, never assailed by wind or rain, they loom still and serene, a tableau of forever. Their majesty overwhelms me.’”

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