Come on down, Pete

During the final moments of the Landing of the Apollo 12 Lunar Module in November 1969, the LM flew over the edge of the Surveyor Crater and landed on the western rim of the crater. The Surveyor III spacecraft was on the eastern side of the crater, hidden in shadow and the astronauts did not see it until later during their moonwalk. Here, I imagine what it might have looked like to human eyes watching the landing. The Surveyor would have been dimly lit by the nearly quarter phase Earth overhead, by the sunlit western walls of the crater and by the sunlit Lunar Module. The title of the painting comes from the comments made by Alan Bean as he urged his commander, Pete Conrad, to bring the LM down to the surface when they were pretty close to the point in the landing depicted in this painting. I can't help saying the title in Alan Bean's unique twang. "Come on down, Pete!"

The painting was completed on March 25, 2016. It is a 16 by 20 inch acrylic on canvas.

Last update: January 11, 2017