Alan Bean, Apollo 12 Astronaut Who Walked On The Moon, Dies At 86

#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.

The three astronauts aboard Apollo 12 were Charles "Pete" Conrad Jr., the #missioncommander, #RichardGordonJr., the command module pilot, and Bean, whose duty was as lunar module pilot.

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

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