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Fallen Astronaut

Fallen Astronaut

1971

Aluminum figure. Height: 8.9cm

NASA

Fallen Astronaut is a 3.5-inch (8.9 cm) aluminum sculpture created by Paul Van Hoeydonck. It is a small stylized figure, meant to depict an astronaut in a spacesuit, intended to commemorate the astronauts and cosmonauts who have died in the advancement of space exploration. It was commissioned and placed on the Moon by the crew of Apollo 15 at Hadley Rille on August 1, 1971, next to a plaque listing the 14 men known who died. The statue lies horizontal on the ground among several footprints.

The crew kept the memorial's existence a secret until after completion of their mission. After public disclosure, the National Air and Space Museum requested a replica of the statue. Controversy soon followed, as Van Hoeydonck claimed a different understanding of the agreement made with the astronauts and attempted to sell up to 950 copies of the statue. He finally relented under pressure from NASA, which had a strict policy against commercial exploitation of the US government space program.

Technical information:

Artwork name:

Fallen Astronaut

Date:

Creator:

1971

Paul Van Hoeydonck

Country:

Belgium

This work is part of the following collection:

none

Aluminum figure. Height: 8.9cm

Medium:

Dimensions:

+- 2 x 9 cm

Sculpture

Genre:

IAAA Art Style:

space sculpture

Launch vehicle / mission:

Saturn V - Apollo 15

Host spacecraft / hardware:

Apollo LM-10

COSPAR id

1971-063C

Launch location:

Kennedy Space Center

Launch date:

26 Jul 1971

Orbit / space location:

Moon

Return vehicle:

End date:

Status:

Operational

Client / Agency:

NASA

Artist:

Paul Van Hoeydonck

Artist

Belgium

Paul Van Hoeydonck

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