On the Apollo 12 mission rookie astronaut Alan Bean becomes the fourth person to walk on the moon.

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On the Apollo 12 mission rookie astronaut Alan Bean becomes the fourth person to walk on the moon.

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26 April 1998 (USA)  »

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After returning to Earth in Episode 7 ("That's All There Is"), astronaut Dick Gordon comments, "I'd just like to go to PeTe's and get me some Cajun barbeque!" PeTe's was an actual Cajun barbeque restaurant on Texas State Highway 3, just outside of the entrance to Ellington Field, in Houston. See more »

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After Alan Bean and Dick Gordon say goodbye to one another, they close each hatch (CSM and LM) and it is implied that they simply undocked from one another. This is false as the Apollo spacecraft utilized a docking probe inside the docking tunnel that had to be disassembled before gaining entry to the LM. Thus, this had to be reassembled before the LM could be separated again. See more »

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Emmett Seaborn: [to the television audience] Charles "Pete" Conrad, Jr. Only the third human being to set foot on the moon. Who can forget Neil Armstrong's immortal words? Let's watch and listen to the words Conrad has chosen to mark this moment in history...
Pete Conrad: Whoopee! Man, that may have been a small one for Neil, but it's a long one for me.
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Sh-Boom (Life Could Be a Dream)
Performed by The Chords
Written by James Keyes, Carl Feaster, Floyd McRae and Claude Feaster
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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One of the best of the bunch, thanks to Dave Foley
16 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dave Foley plays astronaut Alan Bean in this episode, probably one of the more anonymous moonwalkers prior to the release of this series in the late 1990s. This is both lighthearted and very profound look at the experience of landing on the moon, and Foley's voice-over narration as Bean highlights the episode. Best line: "In the end, what I have left from my walk in the Ocean of Storms are memories—almost like it was a trip to the seashore or a drive in the country. They mix together in a constant stream of thoughts and images that come and go, like all memories do. The most precious things I brought back with me were the same things I left with: my best friends. I realized when you go through any endeavor, any journey—whether across town or to the Moon and back—all that matters is that you share the experience with people that you love. That's what makes life special: Because, ultimately, that's all there is. That's really all there is." Apollo 12 is forgotten between the first successful landing and the disaster of Apollo 13, and this episode's focus on Bean, Conrad and Gordon really reminds us how fun it must have been to be an astronaut and why so many little kids growing up in the 1970s wanted to be one.


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