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Byline: Russell Findlay

A tartan has been created to mark a visit to Scotland by an astronaut who flew to the moon.

Kiltmaker Ken MacDonald designed the Apollo 12 plaid ahead of the arrival of Richard Gordon.

Gordon, 82, piloted the command module for the mission four months after Neil Armstrong -who died last week - made the first moonwalk in 1969 He will be presented with the plaid when he comes to Glasgow next month. Gordon said: "The Apollo 12 tartan is stunning. I am honoured."

Ken - governor of the Scottish Tartans Authority - said: "As his name is Gordon and it's of Aberdeenshire descent, I took elements of the Aberdeen district tartan and an ancient Gordon.

"I then combined these with various shades of grey from the moon's surface. The authority are happy to call it Apollo 12."

Ken, who runs Houston Kilts in Paisley, was approached by Aileen Malone of Airdrie Astronomical Association, who arranged Gordon's visit.

Aileen said: "Ken suggested that he design an Apollo 12 tartan and when I told Richard he was absolutely delighted.

"His grandparents are from Aberdeenshire but the only time he's spent in Scotland has been at airports.

"He's really looking forward to enjoying a few days here."

Gordon never set foot on the moon but his crewmate Alan Bean was the fourth man to walk there -and took some MacBean tartan with him.

The STA have a piece of the material in their archive along with a letter from Bean.


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Date:Sep 2, 2012
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