Astronaut Alan Bean stepped down onto the lunar surface during the 1969 Apollo 12 mission, but left NASA in 1981 to devote himself to painting. He tells Nature how he attempts to convey his lunar experience through his work.
The Apollo programme inspired thousands of people to pursue careers in science. Today, they still support human spacefaring & but baulk at the price. Richard Monastersky reports on the results of a Nature poll.