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Sen. Hutchison Meets with Astronauts Walt Cunningham and Alan Bean Astronauts in Washington DC to Celebrate 40th Anniversary of the Moon Landing

By SpaceRef Editor
July 21, 2009
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – This morning, U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) had breakfast with astronauts Walt Cunningham and Alan Bean (US Navy, Retired) and their families to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the moon landing.

Walt Cunningham was NASA’s second civilian astronaut. Cunningham lifted off with Walter M. Schirra, Jr., and Donn F. Eisele on October 11, 1968 for the eleven-day flight of Apollo 7, occupying the lunar module pilot seat. Cunningham participated in and executed maneuvers enabling the crew to perform exercises in transposition and docking and lunar orbit rendezvous. He is also credited with providing the first live television transmission of onboard crew activities.

In November 1969, Alan Bean was the fourth man to walk on the moon. He was the lunar module pilot on Apollo 12, the second lunar landing. Astronauts Alan Bean and Pete Conrad landed in the moon’s Ocean of Storms–after a launch that included a lightning strike 36 seconds after takeoff. Bean is credited with installing the first nuclear power generator station on the moon to provide a power source.

SpaceRef staff editor.