In the photo of July 15, 2009, Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean at an exhibition in honor of the 40th anniversary of the first landing of Apollo on the Moon. Bean was the fourth person to set foot on Earth’s satellite. Died on the 86th year of life on May 26, 2018
Former Apollo 12 astronaut and artist Alan Bean, who became the fourth man on the moon, died in his 86th year of life. He was a pilot of the lunar module in the second mission for landing on the moon in November 1969. He spent 31 hours on the moon, deploying ground experiments with Charles Conrad and collecting 34 kg of rock and soil to study on Earth.
Bean died on May 26 in Houston, Texas, after a short illness. He became the eighth of the 12 deceased members of the Apollo lunar mission and the second this year. In January, Apollo 16 commander John Young died.
In the photo of September 8, 1969, the crew of the Apollo-12 mission appeared before the Saturn-5 spacecraft when the rocket launched from Cape Kennedy. Left: Alan Bean, module pilot, and Richard Gordon and Charles Conrad standing nearby.
After Apollo, Bean commanded the second flight crew to the first American space station Skylab in 1973. Then he made an orbital circling of the Earth within 59 days and traveled 24.4 million miles, setting a world record at that time. Alan was born March 15, 1932 in Wheeler (Texas). In 1955, he received a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Texas. He was one of 14 interns at the Navy test school, selected by NASA for the third group of astronauts in October 1963.
In 1981, Bean left NASA and spent most of his time creating an artistic report on space exploration. In his paintings are paintings, textured with moon prints and lined with small spots, covered with moon dust.
In the photo on October 1, 2008, Bean is shown during a preliminary inspection of his work in the library and museum in Austin (Texas). Alan Bean died on May 26, 2018 in the Houston Methodist Hospital. Death followed a sudden illness during a trip to Fort Wayne (Indiana) two weeks before
His 40-year-old wife Leslie Bean said that her husband died peacefully and surrounded by those he loved. He left a wife, sister and two children.