Astronaut Who Walked On The Moon: ‘It Was Science Fiction To Us’
July 20, 2014
Still, Bean says, when they were making the trip back home, the risk of parachute failure didn’t bother them much.
“I’d have to say I didn’t think about it one time between heading to the moon and about an hour prior to entry,” Bean says. “And we’re going through all the checklist, getting in position to make the entry and all that … And I think either Pete, Dick or I said, ‘Well, I wonder how those parachutes are doing?’ And then someone else said … ‘Well, we’ll find out in about 55 minutes!’ ”
“And that was it. Nobody was afraid, nobody was anything.
It was just part of the way of life of being an astronaut.
If you couldn’t have that attitude you couldn’t do the job, so it was OK. Whatever it was, it was OK.”