Astronaut Alan Bean Dies at 86

Federico Mansilla
May 27, 2018

He became the fourth human to walk on the moon during the Apollo 12 mission in November 1969, exploring Oceanus Procellarum alongside the late astronaut Pete Conrad.

The astronaut-who, after retiring from NASA in 1981, devoted himself to creating an "artistic record of humanity's first exploration of another world", according to NASA's statement-fell ill while traveling in IN two weeks ago. Bean reportedly became sick while in Forth Wayne, Indiana two weeks before his death. Bean, who was the fourth man to walk on the moon in 1969, left NASA in 1981 and made a successful transition from spaceman to a full-time professional artist. He died Saturday at Houston Methodist Hospital.

Astronaut Alan Bean and Leslie Bean attend the premiere of "In The Shadow Of The Moon" on September 5, 2007 at the Museum of Natural History in New York City.

His wife of 40 years, Leslie Bean, said in a statement that Bean died peacefully surrounded by those who loved him.

Astronaut Mike Massimino described Bean as "the most extraordinary person I ever met". Anyone who had the opportunity to know Alan was a better person for it, and we were better astronauts by following his example.

He then commanded the second crewed flight to the United States' first space station, Skylab, in 1973. I am so grateful he was my mentor and friend, and I will miss him terribly.

"Their description of bright green concentrations of olivine (peridot) as 'ginger ale bottle glass, ' however, gave geologists in Mission Control all a big laugh, as we knew exactly what they had discovered", Schmitt said in a statement.

Retired Astronaut Alan Bean 66 poses for a portrait in his spacesuit at the Johnson Space Center in Houston Texas U.S
Image Alan Bean was the fourth man to walk on the moon

Bean retired from the Navy in 1975 and from NASA six years later.

"I would say I had zero philosophical thoughts at that time", Bean told NPR of his time on the moon in 2014.

Bean was a test pilot in the U.S. Navy.

"A lot of things I think about come from the right side of my brain", he said in 2007.

Of the four men, only Aldrin is still alive, now aged 88.

He is survived by his wife, a sister and two children.

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