Famed Astronaut Alan Bean Dies at 86

Alan Bean the 4th person to walk on the moon dies at 86

Astronaut Alan Bean, 4th human to walk on moon, has died, NASA announces

He went into space twice, the first time in November 1969 as the lunar module pilot on the Apollo 12 moon-landing mission.

NASA tweeted saying Bean was Spacecraft Commander of Skylab Mission II who retired from NASA in 1981 and devoted his retirement to painting.

"Alan was the strongest and kindest man I ever knew". She added he died "peacefully. surrounded by those who loved him".

He served as backup astronaut for the Gemini 10 and Apollo 9 missions.

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Said Bridenstine: "After logging 1,671 hours and 45 minutes in space, Alan passed the baton to the next generation of astronauts and changed fronts, looking to push the boundaries of his own imagination and ability as an artist". 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.

Mr. Bean commanded the second of three flights to the Skylab orbiting laboratory, working with Jack R. Lousma of the Marine Corps and Owen K. Garriott, a scientist-astronaut, on a mission that studied the Earth's makeup and the sun's atmosphere.

"We're saddened by the passing of astronaut Alan Bean".

Mr Bean said in 1998 that he had wanted to be a pilot "ever since I could remember".

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On Nov. 19, 1969, Bean, together with Apollo 12 commander Charles "Pete" Conrad, landed on the Ocean of Storms and became the fourth human to walk on the Moon.

"I think I would like to be remembered in the end as an astronaut and an artist", Bean told People. But I want it to be the most lovely black dirt that's ever been painted in the history of art. Some of his pieces even integrated moon dust, lunar boot prints and his mission patches.

He said: "I think a lot of it just had to do with it looked exciting". "He was a one of a kind combination of technical achievement as an astronaut and artistic achievement as a painter". He had an engineering background and was a test pilot in the Navy, but he took art lessons at night. I am so grateful he was my mentor and friend, and I will miss him terribly.

In 1994 Bean told The New York Times the otherworldly perspectives he got in space inspired him to devote the latter half of his life to art, to the surprise of many of his colleagues.

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Bean is survived by his wife Leslie; two children from a previous marriage, Amy Sue and Clay; and sister Paula Scott.

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