Paul Calle, Apollo 11 Suiting Up

If my grandfather were still alive I think  that Catherine Thimmesh would have wanted to interview him for her book Team Moon.  He was there at Cape Kennedy in Florida on the day that Apollo 11 was ready to launch.  As a part of the NASA Art Program on July 16, 1969 he was the only artist asked to be present with the Apollo 11 astronauts as they ate breakfast, discussed the mission to the Moon and during the suiting up before the launch.  He was one of the few people with these guys before they launched up to space.

For the 40th Anniversary of the Moon landing in 2009 my father wrote a book about my grandfather’s experiences going to Cape Kennedy and seeing launches of project Mercury, Gemini and Apollo.  In the book it shows my grandfathers drawings and paintings including many of the Apollo 11 suiting up drawings.  My grandfather  was friends with many of the Apollo astronauts.

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Here are three of his suiting up drawings done on July 16, 1969

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This is a drawing of Astronaut Neil Armstrong Suiting Up on the morning of July 16, 1969 done by my grandfather.

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Michael Collins

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Buzz Aldrin

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http://www.nasa.gov/connect/artspace/creative_works/feature-paul-calle.html

http://www.callespaceart.com/Home.html

http://www.callespaceart.com/Celebrating_Apollo_11_book.html

http://www.nasa.gov/connect/artspace/galleries/art_program/full-list-art-program-artists.html

http://www.catherinethimmesh.com/books/team.html

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