American astronaut Alan Bean, the fourth person to walk on the moon in 1969 during the Apollo 12 mission and commanded a crew on the Skylab space station in 1973, died in Houston on Saturday, federal officials said.
Alan Bean stepped onto the lunar surface preceded by Pete Conrad, the mission commander of their Apollo 12 flight, in November 1969, four months after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first lunar explorers.
On that mission, he lived and worked on board the Skylab, orbiting the Earth for 59 days, traveling 24.4million miles.
They spent about 7 hours and 45 minutes completing two moonwalks in which they deployed instruments to study the moon's geology, installed a nuclear generator to power future experimental equipment and collected an extensive assortment of moon rocks. "He was the love of my life, and I miss him dearly", Leslie Bean, his wife of 40 years, said in a statement released by NASA and the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.More news: LANDSLIDE: 'Quiet Revolution' As Ireland Ends Abortion Ban
"Alan Bean was the most extraordinary person I ever met", astronaut Mike Massimino told NASA.
Artist-astronaut Alan Bean, the moonwalker who saw himself as different from the rest, died today at the age of 86 at Houston Medical Hospital.
Bean was born in 1932, in Wheeler, Texas, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Texas in 1955.
They were busy, but, as Bean recalled during a 2016 NPR interview, "as I ran along, I remember. saying to myself, 'You know, this is really the moon". Celebrities and notable figures who have recently passed awayBean was one of 14 trainees selected by NASA for its third group of astronauts in October 1963.More news: Manchester United & City reportedly make play for Fred
Bean was a test pilot in the U.S. Navy.
He retired from the Navy in 1975 and NASA in 1981.
"I just say it how I think it, even though other people will say, 'That's weird, ' because it's from the other side of the brain", he said. I am so grateful he was my mentor and friend, and I will miss him terribly. He is survived by his wife Leslie, a sister Paula Stott, and two children from a prior marriage, a daughter Amy Sue and son Clay.More news: Arsenal remain interested in Jean Michael Seri with Unai Emery in charge
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