R.I.P. Alan LaVern Bean, NASA Astronaut (March 15, 1932 — May 26, 2018)


Alan Bean at NASM photo by Matthew Bisanz


As Trekkers, let us take a moment to note the recent passing of real-life astronaut Alan Bean. In November of 1969, at the age of 37, Bean was the lunar module pilot for Apollo 12, and became the fourth man to walk on the moon. He also served as spacecraft commander during the 59-day Skylab 3 mission in 1973, ultimately logging a total of 1,671 hours in space. After retiring from the US Navy and NASA, Bean devoted his time to painting, specializing in depicting the sights and experiences of his fellow Apollo astronauts. Of his capability, Bean said, “But I’m the only one who can paint the moon, because I’m the only one who knows whether that’s right or not.” Bean passed away on May 26 in Houston, Texas. He was 86.

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