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Saturday, 26 May 2018

Alan Bean, moon-walking astronaut and artist, dies aged 86



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Alan Bean, right, flew in the Apollo 12 mission with fellow astronauts Charles Conrad (l) and Richard Gordon
Former US astronaut Alan Bean, who was the fourth man to walk on the Moon, has died in Texas aged 86, his family has said.
In later life he became an accomplished artist, producing paintings that were inspired by space.
His family said he had fallen ill two weeks ago in Indiana and died peacefully at a hospital in Houston.
Astronaut Mike Massimino described Bean as "the most extraordinary person I ever met".
"He was a one-of-a-kind combination of technical achievement as an astronaut and artistic achievement as a painter," said Massimino, who flew on two space shuttle missions.
We remember Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean, who walked on the Moon in 1969, commanded the second Skylab crew in 1973 and went on in retirement to paint the remarkable worlds and sights he had seen like no other artist.

Learn more about his life at https://t.co/h6HUiwbVFXpic.twitter.com/xgGuCwBmEd
— NASA (@NASA) May 26, 2018
Alan Bean, a former US Navy test pilot, was selected by Nasa as a trainee in 1963.
He went into space twice, the first time in November 1969 as the lunar module pilot on the Apollo 12 moon-landing mission.
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Alan Bean commanded the lunar module for Apollo 12
In 1973 he was commander of the second crewed flight to Skylab - America's first space station.
He retired from Nasa in 1981 and carved a successful career as an artist. His paintings, inspired by space travel, featured lunar boot prints as well as small pieces of his mission patches which were stained by Moon dust.
Alan Bean's paintings reflected his lifelong fascination with space
The three astronauts who preceded Alan Bean to the moon's surface were Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on Apollo 11 in July 1969, and Charles Conrad who was also on the Apollo 12 mission.
Of the four men, only Aldrin is still alive, now aged 88.
Alan Bean is survived by his wife Leslie, a sister and two children from a previous marriage.

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