Goodbye Alan Bean: the fourth “man on the moon” has died

May 28, 2018

Alan Bean, the fourth man to ever walk on the moon, has died: he was 86. Born in Wheeler, Texas, he had entered the navy after a Degree in Engineering.

He was part of the team who, on November 19, 1969, landed on the moon during the Apollo 12 mission and the fourth man to ever land his foot on the lunar surface. Alan Bean remained on the lunar ground for about eight hours, which he used to mount a small electric generator with nuclear energy.

Bean retired from the Navy and from NASA in 1981 and, after that, he chose to devote his entire life to one of his greatest passions: painting.

What not many people know is that, throughout his life, Bean has always had a favorite subject for his art: that moon he had had a close encounter with. In fact, he became pretty known for his large paintings portraying the scenarios of his lunar landing and those of the other Apollo missions, to the point that many of his works of art are still currently exposed in important art galleries, such as the Fine Art Museum in Houston, the Smithsonian Museum, and the Air Force Museum of Space in Washington.

The former astronaut has finally reached his beloved moon forever.

Have a great journey in space, Alan.

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