First Man on The Moon

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Astronaut Neil Armstrong painting

© Copyright 2012 – Present

Size: 24″ w x 18″ h
Support: Gallery wrap stretched canvas
Description: A lunar landscape depicting man’s first moon walk.  This painting by Teresa Bernard is a tribute to Astronaut Neil Armstrong. It does not need to be framed as the representation extends around the edges of the canvas. This art composition comes with an official Certificate of Authentication that is hand-signed by the artist.

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Not to scale

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Artist Comments: This 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 surface of the moon. 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 flag of the United States.

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

About The U.F. Waving Flag On The Moon

An admirer of this painting asked about the flag. He wanted to know why does it appear 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 composing this painting. So I did a little research on the matter before I started my work. This is what I discovered:

  1. The NASA photo I used as a reference photo has ripples in the flag.
  2. The flag pole itself has a cross bar at the top which prevents the flag from drooping down.
  3. 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 very 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 at NASA’s web site: Neil A. Armstrong.

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

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

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