The explosion of oxygen tank number two was the defining moment of Apollo 13, and it marked the start of America's finest hours in spaceflight.
Astronauts Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise thought that having one extra liquid oxygen tank was enough, If one failed, the other would get them safely home. An explosion that would tear away piping from both tanks was not considered possible. Unfortunately, it happened exactly that way.
I have painted the explosion in space with particles of liquid oxygen, plus vaporized tank, wiring and insulation materials streaming away from tank number two. I do not believe an explosive cloud forms in the vacuum of space as it does on earth because everything I saw move in space moved in a straight line. There was no dirt cloud as we landed on the moon, just small pieces speeding away radially from the rocket exhaust.
This scene was created to celebrate the motion picture, Apollo 13, directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton and Gary Sinise. The movie tells the remarkable and inspiring store of how astronauts in deep space, and engineers and scientists on planet earth, worked together to change a potentially fatal tragedy into a triumph of human skill and spirit. – AB
Each print has been hand-countersigned by astronauts Jim Lovell and Fred Haise; actors Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, and Gary Sinise; and director Ron Howard.
Alan Bean - Houston We Have A Problem
Product Code: BEAHO1
ABOUT EMAILING FOR PRICE:
1. Once an item is "sold out" and only available thru "secondary" or "resale" sources, pricing can vary day by day or hour by hour as resales occur. In such instances, the prices you see on our website may represent the last of those items sold as opposed to today's price. That is why we often tell you to "email" for pricing. And that is why prices often change without notice.
2. We apologize that there are some artists who do not allow on-line listings of their prices.
In either event, when you email for pricing, you must include your phone number and location. We'll get back to you quickly.
If you are having difficulty using our "email for price" or "bid" forms, please call us or switch to another internet browser (Chrome, Edge, Firefox, etc.)