“(A) Seafair queen placed a lei around the neck of Astronaut Alan L. Bean during ceremonies yesterday afternoon in downtown Seattle. Astronaut Charles Conrad, center, watched.”
Reposted because this is a picture of ALAN BEAN GETITNG LEI’d. Alan Bean, by the way, just to remind everyone: Coolest astronaut EVER. And a damn fine painter, too. No wonder all the ladies wanna Lei him.
This is the work of Alan Bean.
As I periodically point out, ALAN BEAN. COOLEST ASTRONAUT EVER.
Drilling for Knowledge - Alan Bean
Again. Alan Bean is the most awesome American spaceman. That is all.
Apollo 12 Pranksters
The space program was, for better or worse, a bit of a boys’ club for many decades. Actually, it was a total frat party. When you put a bunch of gung-ho test pilots and overworked engineers in a room together, you’re gonna get some juvenile behavior. Apollo 12 was probably the pinnacle of adolescent space pranks.
The wrist cuff manuals held the step-by-step procedures for each of the astronauts’ extra-vehicular excursions. Measure this, check this, collect that. Very little is done in space without a checklist. Ernie Reyes, chief of pre-flight operations for NASA back on Earth, spiced up the checklists with little “Snoopy” cartoons. Snoopy, from Peanuts, was an unofficial mascot of the Apollo program (they named those black and white radio caps after the dog).
And then there were the Playboy playmates. “Survey her activity” indeed! See more of the cartoons and hilarious “adult checklists” here at the NASA lunar archives.
Yet another reason Apollo XII was the coolest of them all. As if the presence of ALAN BEAN wasn’t enough already…
Better look at the boys and their rides. Click on the pic for more pics and info…
Autographed pic of the Apollo XII crew and their completely bitchin’ 427 Big Block ‘69 Astrovettes. Yet another reason why Alan Bean is the coolest astronaut of all time, and Apollo XII had STYLE.