Over 500 people have traveled into outer space
. While many have written books about the experience
, only a few have used more creative means to express what they saw and felt. Here are a few::: Alfred Worden ::
For three days in 1971, he circled the moon alone during Apollo 15, as his two crewmates walked on the moon below. As they journeyed back from the moon, he become the first person to do a space walk in deep space.
In 1974, he wrote a book of poetry based on his experiences, Hello Earth! Greetings From Endeavour!
. Here are few samples, found around the net.
, July Launch and Cycle
Here's a few more (Hello Earth! Cycle, Oceans, Quietly Like a Night Bird) from the Kate Bush forum
, where it's speculated that some of his poetry inspired her.
An interview with Worden.
The audio portion is only a small part of the written version.
:: Alexei Leonov ::
The first human to walk in space
and later, commander of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, the first joint mission between American and Soviet Union. Even as a child he was interested in art, so it was natural for him to continue painting and drawing after he had traveled into space.
Here's couple of his paintings:
"The Moon. First Moments After Landing"
:: Alan Bean ::
Became the fourth man on the moon
during Apollo 12, later commanded a Skylab mission. Deeply inspired by walking on the moon, he quit NASA
to become a full time artist
. The distinction of being the only artist to travel to another world earned him a spot on the Colbert Report.
:: Story Musgrave ::
Mission Specialist on six Space Shuttle missions, Musgrave has lead an extraodinary career as a doctor, scientist, pilot and astronaut.
A recital of Spacial Speed
. More of his poetry is at the same site
Another recital, this time of "Mother Earth"