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Alan Bean

Pete Conrad holding the US flag on the Ocean of Storms

Apollo 12, November 14-24, 1969, EVA 1, 116:21:05 GET

Vintage chromogenic print on fiber-based Kodak paper, 20.3 x 25.4cm (8 x 10in), with “A Kodak Paper” watermarks on the verso, numbered “NASA AS12-47-6897” (NASA MSC) in red in top margin

409 b
Alan Bean

Close-up of the Solar Wind Collector (SWC) on the lunar surface

Apollo 12, November 14-24, 1969, EVA 1, 116:21:58 GET

Vintage chromogenic print on fiber-based Kodak paper, 20.3 x 25.4cm (8 x 10in), with Technicolor Quality Control stamp, NASA KSC caption numbered “AS12-47-6898” as well as “A Kodak Paper” watermarks on the verso
20.3 x 25.4cm (8 x 10in)
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“The crew erected the American flag after landing and collecting the contingency sample. The long shadow of the LM and the bleak lunar surface serve as a fitting backdrop” (NASA SP-235).

“You can see that I was holding the flag up,” pointed out Conrad. “Because, if you look at the rest of the pictures [of the mission], it hangs straight down, because the little pin up broke” (from the ALSJ mission transcript at 116:20:22 GET).

116:19:48 Conrad: Okay. We have the flag up. Like I said, hope everybody down there is as proud of it as we are to put it up. (Pause)
116:20:02 Gibson (mission Control): That’s affirmative, Pete. And we’re proud of what you’re doing. (Pause)
116:20:18 Conrad: Al?
116:20:19 Bean: Yes, sir.
116:20:20 Conrad: Can we have a quickie (tourist photo) here?
116:20:22 Bean: Okay. (Pause)
116:20:32 Conrad: (To Al) Back up a little more ...
116:20:33 Bean: Okay.
116:20:34 Conrad: about 15 feet.
116:20:35 Bean: All right. (Pause)
116:20:40 Conrad: Easy. You’re getting into the TV cable!
116:20:43 Bean: Nope, I just went right over it, babe. Here you are. Take a look, Pete.
116:20:48 Conrad: I can’t see you (because Bean is standing up-Sun). (Pause) Get it?
116:20:57 Bean: Sure did.
116:20:58 Conrad: Okay. (Pause) Another one?
116:21:04 Bean: Yeah.
116:21:05 Conrad: Wait one. (Pause) Okay.
116:21:17 Bean: Got you.

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The Solar Wind Experiment site was located about one hundred fifty meters west of the LM.

“Here, on the sunny Sea of Storms, the crew of Intrepid had cause for their ebullience. They had eight hours, twice as much as their predecessors, Armstrong and Aldrin, to explore, set up experiments and collect more and bigger rocks.”
Life Magazine, 12 December 1969

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