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The astronaut who became an artist

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Alan Bean is one of just 12 men to have walked on the moon.

In 1969 he spent nearly eight hours on the lunar surface as an astronaut aboard Apollo 12. Since then, he has been trying to recapture the experience through art.

On Thursday, the largest ever exhibit of his paintings will open at the Air and Space Museum in Washington DC. He gave this first person account from his hometown of Houston, Texas.

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