The Best of Bean

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

Lunar Grand Prix

(Courtesy Alan Bean)

In this painting from 1997, Apollo 16’s John Young takes part in a lunar rover demonstration. As Russo writes, “Charlie Duke hopped off the rover and stood with a 16mm movie camera to capture the action. Young put the rover through a full test to evaluate its performance in the Moon’s light gravity and dusty terrain. As Duke filmed the Lunar Grand Prix, he commented to Houston, ‘He’s got about two wheels on the ground. There’s a big rooster tail out of all four wheels.... Man, I’ll tell you, Indy’s never seen a driver like this.’”

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