The Time I Touched the Moon Thanks to Apollo Astronaut Alan Bean

Astronaut Alan Bean with Nick Proach

Although I’ve never been an astronaut or traveled to space myself, I can say that I have touched the moon. And it was all thanks to Apollo astronaut Alan Bean.

Here’s how it happened…

One day a friend and I were visiting Alan Bean at his home in Houston, TX. (Alan and I had a relationship based on some work I did building a Surveyor III model for him a few years back. I recently completed a Lunar Rover model for him as well.)

My friend and I were standing in the gallery where Alan creates his amazing paintings, waiting for him to return from another room, when I noticed a strange-looking hammer on the mantle of the gallery’s fireplace.