Alan Bean, the fourth astronaut to walk on the moon has died at the age of 86 on Saturday. He was one among the twelve people who have walked on the moon and also the first American who has lived abroad in the space station. He has retired from NASA in the year 1981 and has devoted his rest of the time in depicting the humanity’s first exploration experience through the paintings.
Astronaut Alan Bean who is the pilot for the lunar module for the Apollo 12 mission and also the part of the second crew was landed on the moon. He becomes the fourth man to walk in the lunar surface, and after that, he commanded the second crewed mission to America’s first space station known as Skylab.
Alan Bean who was born in 1932 in Wheeler, Texas, has attended the University of Texas at Austin in 1955. After the college, he joined the US Navy, and from there he got trained to become the pilot. The Navy later assigned his post to the US Naval Test Pilot School in Maryland, and he got trained under the future Apollo 12 commander Pete Conrad, who is an instructor at the school. Bean then got selected and became the part of Astronaut Group 3 in 1963 which include Buzz Aldrin, Michal Collins and Eugene Cernan. Bean was the last surviving member of the Apollo 12 mission, and after his death, only four more moonwalkers remain who are Buzz Aldrin, Charles Duke, Harrison Schmitt and David Scott.
Bean who was the lunar module pilot for the moon landing mission on November 1969 and also spent 31 hours on the moon during the two moonwalks which deploy the surface experiments with the help of the commander Charles Conrad. During the mission, they have collected about 75 pounds of rocks and lunar soil so that they can study on Earth.
The Apollo mission was not to last for the Bean’s experience in space; rather he got selected to command the second crewed mission to the Skylab space station on July 18th, 1973. The crew includes astronauts Owen K. Garriott and Jack R. Lousma who has spent about 58 days in space. After he returned to Earth, he was assigned to the backup crew for the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project.
Bean died on Saturday in Houston after suffering from the short illness, his family statement said.