Wilf Hardy (biography)Medium:
Watercolour on BoardSize:
10" x 9" (245mm x 220mm)Date:
1967This is the unique original Watercolour painting by Wilf Hardy.
A vital stage in the American Apollo Moon Flight project was to carry out a successful space rendezvous between two orbiting satellites and join them together.
The task of performing this space docking manoeuvre was given to America's Gemini-8 astronauts, Neil A. Armstrong and David R. Scott, and it almost ended in disaster.
After a successful test, one of the rockets wouldn't turn off causing an uncontrollable spin. Control was switched back to earth and the capsule righted but only by using fuel normally reserved for re-entry. Armstrong would of course go on to become the first man to walk on the Moon.
Original artwork from Look and Learn no. 311 (30 December 1967).