Alan Bean

American astronaut and painter (1932-2018)

Alan LaVern Bean (March 15, 1932 – May 26, 2018), (Capt, USN, Ret.), was an American former naval officer and aviator, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and NASA astronaut.

Alan Bean
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Alan LaVern Bean

(1932-03-15)March 15, 1932
DiedMay 26, 2018(2018-05-26) (aged 86)
Alma materUT Austin, B.S. 1955
OccupationNaval aviator, test pilot
Space career
NASA Astronaut
RankCaptain, USN
Time in space
69d 15h 45min
Selection1963 NASA Group 3
Total EVAs
Total EVA time
10 hours 26 minutes[1]
MissionsApollo 12, Skylab 3
Mission insignia
Apollo 12 insignia.png Skylab2-Patch.png
RetirementJune 1981

He was the fourth person to walk on the Moon. He was selected to become an astronaut by NASA in 1963 as part of Astronaut Group 3. He made his first flight into space aboard Apollo 12, the second manned mission to land on the Moon, at the age of thirty-seven years in November 1969.

Bean died at a hospital in Houston, Texas on May 26, 2018 from a short-illness at the age of 86.[2]


  1. Joachim Becker. "Alan Bean - EVA experience".
  2. "Family Release Regarding the Passing of Apollo, Skylab Astronaut Alan Bean". NASA. May 26, 2018. Retrieved May 26, 2018.

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