"Alan Bean is one of the great renaissance men of his generation - engineer, fighter pilot, astronaut and artist".
Mr Bean's wife Leslie remembered him as "the strongest and kindest man I ever knew", adding: "He was the love of my life and I miss him dearly". "A native Texan, Alan died peacefully in Houston surrounded by those who loved him". In 1963, he was selected to join NASA's third group of astronauts.
Bean's paintings depict the moon, astronauts, modules and other elements of America's missions into space. During the then-record-setting 59-day, 24.4 million-mile flight, Bean and his two crewmates generated 18 miles of computer tape during surveys of Earth's resources and 76,000 photographs of the Sun to help scientists better understand its affects on the solar system. And for years, Alan and I never missed a month where we did not have a cheeseburger together at Miller's Café in Houston.
Bean went to space twice, walking on the moon in November 1969 as lunar module pilot for the Apollo-12 mission.
Bean retired from the Navy in 1975, and from NASA in 1981.
"I remember once looking back at Earth and starting to think, 'Gee, that's handsome.' Then I said to myself, 'Quit screwing off and go collect rocks.' We figured reflection wasn't productive", Bean told People magazine in 1981.More news: Comcast bid to buy Fox promised to top Disney's
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The flight of Apollo 12, while thrilling in its own right, was not almost as dramatic as the pioneering mission of Apollo 11, but it resulted in a more extensive exploration of the moon. Bean and Conrad spent more than 31 hours on the lunar surface, including more than seven hours working outside of the module. "And for most of the other guys, most of the things they think about come from the left side".
A decade later, Bean told me that his brain must have been wired differently from the norm for astronauts.
Astronaut Alan Bean and Leslie Bean attend the premiere of "In The Shadow Of The Moon" on September 5, 2007 at the Museum of Natural History in New York City.
Born on March 15, 1932, in Wheeler, Texas, Bean received a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Texas in 1955.
"I would say I had zero philosophical thoughts at that time", Bean told NPR of his time on the moon in 2014. "We're really here. That's the Earth up there.' And I said it two or three times to myself".