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Alan Bean, NASA Astronaut And Fourth Man To Walk On Moon Dies At 86

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| May 27 , 2018 , 17:55 IST

NASA Astronaut Alan Bean who undertook two space journeys and was the fourth man to walk on moon passed away at Houston Methodist Hospital in Texas. He was 86 years old. His death was announced by NASA in a statement on Twitter. NASA also shared a statement from Bean’s family.

In a statement, Alan Bean’s wife Leslie Bean said, “Alan was the strongest and kindest man I ever knew. He was the love of my life and I miss him dearly.”

“A native Texan, Alan died peacefully in Houston surrounded by those who loved him.” She added. Leslie and Alan were married for fourty years.

Bean was a test pilot with the United States Navy and was chosen by NASA in 1963 as one of the 14 trainees for its third group of astronauts. He flew into space twice: as the pilot of the lunar module on Apollo 12 in November 1969 and as commander of the second crewed flight to the United States’ first space station, Skylab, in July 1973.

As per NASA’s astronaut data, Alan Bean logged in 1,671 hours and 45 minutes in space of which 10 hours and 26 minutes were spent in EVAs on the Moon and in Earth Orbit. Bean also helped establish 11 world records in space and astronautics.

Bean loved to paint and he left NASA in 1981 to devote his time entirely to painting. He pursued his dream at his Texas home till his demise.