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May 28, 2018

Alan Bean, the fourth man to the walk on the Moon, has passed away at 86

Astronaut Alan Bean died over the weekend at the age of 86. As the lunar module pilot for the Apollo 12 mission, Bean was part of the second crew that landed on the Moon and became the fourth man to walk on the lunar surface. He later commanded the second crewed mission to America’s first space station, Skylab.

Bean was the last surviving member of the Apollo 12 mission, and following his death, only four moonwalkers remain: Buzz Aldrin (Apollo 11), David Scott (Apollo 15), Charles Duke (Apollo 16), and Harrison Schmitt (Apollo 17).

Born in 1932 in Wheeler, Texas, he attended the University of Texas at Austin in 1955, and joined the US Navy, where he trained to become a pilot. The Navy later assigned him to the US Naval Test Pilot...

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