Godspeed, Alan Bean
March 15, 1932 - May 26, 2018

We Flew on the Most Powerful Machine Ever Built

Our Saturn V rocket at lift off. I was surprised by the severity of the vibration when the engines started. I had never been shaken so roughly. Lightning struck us about 36 seconds later, taking the fuel cells, and most of the electrical power to the command module, offline. Quick coordination with Mission Control allowed us to solve the problem, restore power, and continue on into Earth orbit.

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All photos courtesy of NASA.

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