First Man on The Moon

first man on the moon painting
© Copyright 2012 – Present

Size: 24″ w x 18″ h
Support: Gallery wrap stretched canvas
Description: A lunar landscape painting depicting the first man on the moon. This painting is a tribute to Astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the surface of the moon. It does not need a frame because the composition extends around the edges of the canvas. Hand-painted and signed by fine artist Teresa Bernard.

See Artist Comments below for additional information regarding this painting.

painting of the first man on the moon
Not to scale

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Artist Comments

The First Man on the Moon painting is a tribute to American Astronaut Neil Armstrong. On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first men to land a spacecraft on the moon. However, it was Armstrong who took that first step onto its surface. A third crew member, Michael Collins, was alone orbiting the Moon in the Command Module Columbia awaiting their return.

Armstrong was commander for the Apollo 11 lunar mission. In this historic mission, Armstrong became a global hero the instant he made that “one giant leap for mankind” with a small step onto the moon’s surface. The crew of Columbia took a TV camera with them so the world could watch as they spent about 2 hours on the lunar surface collecting soil samples and conducting a few experiments.

I was just a young girl the day Armstrong walked on the moon, and I don’t remember a lot about it, but I do remember watching the footage on TV. During that time, Armstrong and Aldrin also took photographs, unveiled a plaque to commemorate their flight, and planted the United States flag.

Armstrong died on August 25, 2012, at 82 years of age. I finished this painting a few months before his death.

About The U.S. Flag “Waving On The Moon”

An admirer of this painting asked about the flag. He wanted to know why it appears to be waving since  “… the flag would be straight and flat in space because there isn’t any wind. ”

I replied, “Yes, you are correct, and I had considered that when I was composing this painting.” I did some research on the matter before I started my work. This is what I discovered:

    • The NASA photo I used as a reference photo has ripples in the flag.
    • The flag pole itself has a crossbar at the top, which prevents the flag from drooping down.
    • Armstrong used a twisting motion to plant the flag pole into the ground causing the flag to wave back and forth. And since there is low gravity on the moon, what is set in motion tends to stay in motion for a very long time. When the photo was snapped, this created the impression the flag was blowing in the wind.

You can read more about Astronaut Neil Armstrong on NASA’s website: Neil A. Armstrong.

To find out more about the Apollo 11 mission, visit NASA’s website: Apollo 11 – First Footprint on the Moon.

See another space art painting I did called First Footprint on the Moon.

First Footprint on the Moon painting
First Footprint On The Moon (2012)
18″ w x 24″ h

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Fly Me To The Moon
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Full Moon Rising
(2013)
20″ w x 16″ h

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