Fallen Astronaut

Man in Space. Once a famous FBI agent, Dale Cooper, told me following wise words, “I’m going to let you in on a little secret: Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it, don’t wait for it, just let it happen. It could be a new shirt in a men’s store, a cat nap in your office chair, or two cups of good, hot, black coffee.” I love getting advice from a spiritual seeker, an amateur philosopher, a loyal friend and a lover of coffee. So every day I’m giving myself a present, like an extra espresso or a chocolate cookie. Last week I was lucky to find and buy a beautiful numbered sculpture inside a blue acrylic block called ‘Fallen Astronaut’. Do I have to tell you I’m very happy with this gift? Jimi was more interested in the box but finally disappointed to find no ‘Cat in Space’ sculpture…

Fallen Astronaut is a 8.9 cm aluminium sculpture created by the Belgian painter and printmaker Paul Van Hoeydonck. It is a small stylised 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. 

In January 2019, Van Hoeydonck and Apollo 15 Command Module Pilot Al Worden announced the sale of a limited edition replica inside a blue acrylic block, as Van Hoeydonck originally intended, which would have allowed the statue to be placed upright on the Moon to “symbolize humanity rising” via space travel. NASA had rejected the acrylic enclosure’s inclusion on the flight as a fire hazard. A smaller number of enlarged sculptures are also to be sold. (From Wikipedia)

Enjoy this beautiful day, my friends, wherever you are. Peace, love and understanding.

57 responses

    • Thanks for the idea! My personal gifts are often chocolate related… 😉
      Wishing you a wonderful weekend, my friend!

    • Hi Tim. I tried to find one 2 years ago but couldn’t buy one. So happy to finally get one. It’s really something cool to own…

  1. Absolutely love Dale Cooper’s recommendation. Most days my gift is kisses from Kizmet. Who could ask for more? XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, angel Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy, Sawyer & Kizmet

    • Not many people now this fact, even overhere and the artist is from Belgium. I’m so glad I finally got a replica from this special sculpture.

    • Ja! Het staat heel mooi op die plaats. Was er 2 jaar terug ook al naar op zoek geweest maar toen niet gevonden. Nu, via een artikel in De Standaard gelukkig één gevonden…

  2. First of all I love the idea of a daily gift to ourselves….a nap, a chocolate bar, a walk in the woods – so many “available” gifts and we should definitely take advantage of them! Dale Cooper – wise guy with good advice given! I love the sculpture – read up on it and saw the video on the artist’s website. I like very much the idea of knowing it is resting comfortably on the surface of the moon in the peace and quiet…..waiting for humanity to arrive and populate the place. You are SO lucky to have found a copy of it of your very own. VERY special!

    Hugs, Pam (and Teddy)

    • Hi Pam. I’m so happy that I found this replica, after looking for it for 2 years. It’s also very funny that not many people know the facts about this story. There was a small celebration for the 96 year old artist last week, he’s still alive and working every day.
      Oh no, I have to give myself a little present today… how about a chocolate cookie?

      Wishing you a wonderful weekend, my dear friend!

    • Thank you! I’ve been fascinated by space and what lies beyond all my life. Every night, before I go to sleep, I’m looking up in the sky and wonder what’s out there… Probably only angry cats pulling all the strings of the universe… 😉
      Wishing you and Louis a wonderful weekend!

    • Being kind to myself and giving me a present each day is a rule I’m following for so, so many years. And like you said, especially during this pandemic. Maybe I should give myself 2 presents each day? 😉
      Every night before I go to sleep I love to look up and wonder what’s out there. It’s gives me some peace of mind, and sometimes sleepless nights… 😉

      Wishing you a wonderful weekend, my friend!

  3. Herman; how cool is this !!!!

    congratulations; this is a wonderful gift to yourself { and very wise words from Mr Dale Cooper } 🙂

    I enjoyed reading this post and learning something today

    jimi; N joy that box dood; may bee dad will put a wee bit oh cat nip in it for ewe 🙂

    ♥♥

    • Hi there my friends! Thank you so much for your kind comment! Well, I’m following this rule of giving myself a present each day for so many years. It’s really a great thing to do… 😉

      The story about the sculpture on the Moon isn’t well known by a lot of people. I’m so happy I could finally found a replica. But Jimi wasn’t really interested… he prefers chilling outside at the catnip plants.

      Wishing you a wonderful weekend, my friends! Jimi sends his regards!

  4. it is really important to do a little something good for oneself every day and Dad has been doing that for years. He likes coffee too and finds that morning eye opener a real treat that he savors. He noticed today as he added a bit too many grounds and it was not perfect. Darn. We like that sculpture and the idea behind it and so much has been ignored and forgotten in the grand adventure. We are such a Sound Byte Society if something is not Grand in ten seconds it is ignored. This portents ill for us all I fear. Thanks for a great post

    • My pleasure, glad you liked this post! But no, thank you for such a great comment!
      When I look around I’m always seeing people move so fast through their lives and forgetting to enjoy the little things in life. Every night before I go to sleep I look up to the stars and meditate for a minute. Having chocolate before going to bed keeps me awake… 😉
      Wishing you a wonderful weekend, my friend!

  5. Giving kindness to yourself , radiates to give kindness to others, that’s my life motto and it works pretty well. Herman, indeed chocolate or ice cream everyday is the number one on our list. Every night before I go to bed I step outside to admire the universe with all the stars ,it gives me a certain portion of peace to go to sleep, it’s a soothing routine I like to do.

    • Hi Cornelia. Thanks for the wise words and advice in your comment. I’m also trying to be happy with the little things around me when I’m having a bad day. And looking at the stars at night makes me realise how little I am myself…

      Have a wonderfull weekend, my dear friend!

  6. This was meant to be, at this moment in your life. Loss and change and then this reminder of our gentle humanity. Your post and sharing of the Fallen Astronaut is your gift to me (us) on this day. I am also eating a peach…which has taken on new pleasure and meaning. We love you dear Herman and Jimi 💕

    • Glad you liked this post, Christine. Your kind comment is also a beautiful gift today for me! It looks like better and warmer weather is coming our way next week… so ice cream can be another great gift! 😉
      Hope you’re having a wonderful Sunday, my dear friend! Jimi sends his regards!

  7. This was a good gift which Jimi shared. Cats love boxes. Belaud was in the grocery bags the minute I sat them on the kitchen floor. These are moments I miss. Love to both of you.

    • Thank you so much, Micheline! Mr. Bowie loved also all kinds of boxes. Jimi is not so much interested in them.
      Glad you liked the post. Hope you’re having a wonderful Sunday, my friend!

    • Hi Lavinia. Glad you liked the post! This story isn’t well known, even overhere in Belgium while the artist was a Belgian. I heard about this story because I’m always interested in space travel, rocket ships and the universe. I’m very proud to own a replica of this sculpture.
      Wishing you a wonderful week, my dear friend! Jimi sends his regards!

      • When I was in 2nd Grade, the teacher asked us all what we wanted to be. When it was my turn, I said “astronaut”. The whole class turned around and looked at me. “You can’t do that!” one boy said. “You’re a girl!”. I am glad to see things have changed since then. Still a ways to go, though. 🙂

        • Thank goodness we had some girls in space, for real and not in a Hollywood movie. I would love to go out there, in space. But hey, I’m already afraid of stepping in an airplane… 🙂

  8. I’m surprised they didn’t have one in their personal kit. Astronauts are allowed to have personal kits and carry whatever they want in them. The personal kits are not inspected. That’s how Alan Shepard got his golf club head, golf ball and tee to the moon. If it was stored in their other gear bags, it would have been found and removed. Good you were able to purchase one for yourself.

    • Hi David. Thanks for this information, I missed the story about how Alan Shepard got his personal stuff on the moon. It makes me wonder what I would put in my personal kit… Maybe a small espresso machine? 😉
      And yes, I’m very proud to own a replica of the Fallen Astronaut sculpture.

      • I think if you traveled with Elon Musk, better take a full-sized machine and lots of coffee since he’s a one-way trip to the moon and Mars. If you travel with Jeff Bezos, at least you have a return trip in your itinerary. Richard Branson, he’s more interested in taking your money for a sub-orbital flight that is shorter than Alan Shepard’s Mercury flight.

        • Hahaha… love this comment! Well, the flight with Richard Branson is so short that there’s probably no time to have a coffee…
          Just saw an article in the newspaper today about the colossal rocket that Elon Musk is going to use. There’s room for 100 people and a big espresso machine. Now we’re talking…

          • I knew Elon Musk’s Starship vehicle was big, but I didn’t know it could carry 100 people. I thought it would mostly be supplies and build-out materials since his flights are one-way missions. You would need a huge booster rocket to get all of that off the ground and put you on course for Mars or the moon. He is also not planning to take too many people. Since he didn’t mention anything about espresso, or coffee in general, it might be pretty low on his “essentials” list.

            • The article mentioned the Starship combination vehicle has 29 Raptor-engines; it should deliver twice as much power compared with the Saturnus rocket. The Starship-Super-Heavy combination is really something…hmmm… big!

  9. So that’s very cool Herman and looks right at home on your credenza. I think Nasa did send a few animals into space before a manned mission, but you would surely miss Jimi far too much ! Maybe someday, humanity will live on ships floating through the cosmos but for now kitties should have all four feet on terra firma! Meow 🐈‍⬛ ! xK

    • Hi Kelly. Sometimes I look at the earth as a giant round space ship thats floating away in the universe. So we don’t have to send Jimi up there in a rocket… 😉
      I was so happy to found the sculpture. Two years ago I couldn’t get one. I’m always very interested in things about space travel and what’s out there in the universe. However, I prefer to stay at home and have an espresso…

      Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend, my friend! Jimi sends his regards!

  10. I did not know about the statue and list left on the moon, so thanks for sharing, Herman. Your friend is correct…giving self a small gift every day is an affirmation of sorts – that life is good and we’re worthy of life. In my case, I need to stay off Amazon for a few weeks and give myself the gift of nature walks and bike rides.

    • The story of the Fallen Astronaut statue is barely known. A lot of my friends who follow the blog told me they never heard about this story, and the artist is from Belgium. I tried to buy a replica 2 years ago but couldn’t find one. I’m very happy I finally could buy one.

      I was also very busy with buying stuff online during the lockdown period. And often things I didn’t really needed…

      Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend, Mary!

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