Alan Bean

Astronaut

1932 –

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Who is Alan Bean?

Alan LaVern Bean is a former NASA astronaut and currently a painter. Bean 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. During this mission, Bean became the fourth person to walk on the Moon. He made his second and final flight into space on the Skylab 3 mission in 1973, the second manned mission to the Skylab space station. After retiring from the United States Navy in 1975 and NASA in 1981, Bean pursued his interest in painting, depicting various space-related scenes and documenting his own experiences in space as well as that of his fellow Apollo Program astronauts.

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Born
Mar 15, 1932
Wheeler
Also known as
  • Alan LaVern Bean
  • Alan L. Bean
  • Al Bean
Spouses
Children
Ethnicity
  • Scottish American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • R.L. Paschal High School
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Texas at Austin
    Aeronautical Engineering
    ( - 1955)
Employment
  • NASA
    (1981 - )
Lived in
  • Fort Worth
  • Minden

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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