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Apollo Moonwalker and artist Alan Bean dies at 86

Apollo Moonwalker and artist Alan Bean dies at 86

His death followed his suddenly falling ill while on travel in Fort Wayne, Indiana two weeks before.

Bean went to space twice, walking on the moon in November 1969 as lunar module pilot for the Apollo-12 mission.

Bean also commanded the second crewed flight to the first U.S. space station Skylab in July 1973. "And for years, Alan and I never missed a month where we did not have a cheeseburger together at Miller's Café in Houston", Cunningham said.

Bean's wife of 40 years, Leslie Bean, said in a statement that Bean died peacefully at Houston Methodist Memorial Hospital surrounded by those who loved him.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said the space agency mourned his loss. He was the love of my life and I miss him dearly'.

He was among the elite group NASA chose for its third group of astronauts in 1963, having served as a test pilot in the US Navy. "We are accustomed to losing friends in our business, but this is a tough one". He and crew mate Pete Conrad explored the moon's surface and conducted experiments while Richard Gordon orbited overhead in the command module, scouting landing sites for future moon missions. He said the 75 pounds of lunar samples they collected were "a scientific gift that keeps on giving today and in the future".

"Their description of bright green concentrations of olivine (peridot) as 'ginger ale bottle glass, ' however, gave geologists in Mission Control all a big laugh, as we knew exactly what they had discovered", Schmitt said.

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Bean became an accomplished artist after his retirement in 1981, painting scene from his space explorations.

"When you're getting ready to go to the moon, every day's like Christmas and your birthday rolled into one". One of his favorite tricks was to sprinkle a little moondust from his lunar patches onto his canvases as he painted.

Mr. Bean developed his interest in painting while taking art courses early in his Navy career. The painting bears the imprint of a spacesuit boot.

"I'd always wanted to be a pilot, ever since I could remember", Bean said in the 1998 NASA oral history.

"I think of myself not as an astronaut who paints", he added, "but as an artist who was once an astronaut". "The other half, the ones that were more right-brain, thought it was a pretty good idea". "I've got the Earth and my imagination, and I'm the first to have the moon, too". I wanted to be fearless, even though I wasn't courageous at the time.

Four years after Apollo 12, Bean commanded the second crew to live and work on board the Skylab orbital workshop.


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