#AlanBean, a NASA astronaut who journeyed into #space two times and, as part of the Apollo 12 mission in 1969, became the fourth man to walk on the moon, died May 26 at a hospital in #Houston. He was 86.
NASA announced his death, noting that he had fallen ill during two weeks of travel.
Bean was a Navy test pilot who joined #NASA's astronaut corps in 1963. He made his first voyage into space on Nov. 14, 1969, four months after the historic first landing on the #moon of Apollo 11, commanded by Neil Armstrong.
After more than four days of flying through space, Conrad and Bean settled onto the lunar surface on Nov. 19, landing in a broad plain called the Ocean of #Storms. Gordon continued to circle the moon in the command module, the Yankee Clipper, looking down from 70 miles above.
Conrad was the first #Apollo 12 astronaut to step onto the moon, describing it as having a "very light, gray-like concrete appearance."
In the late 1970s, Alan Bean became chief of the astronaut training program, preparing for the first shuttle mission, which was launched in 1981