Alan Bean is an American former Naval Officer, Aviator, Aeronautical Engineer, Test Pilot and NASA astronaut.
Bean was the fourth person to walk on the Moon. He was selected to become an astronaut by NASA in 1963 as part of Astronaut Group 3. Bean made his first flight into space abroad Apollo 12, the second manned mission to land on the Moon, at the age of thirty-seven years in November 1969.
Bean 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, he 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.
Bean was selected by NASA as part of Astronaut Group 3 in 1963. Bean was selected to be the backup command pilot for Gemini 10. Furthermore, Bean was placed in the Apollo Applications Program in the interim. In that capacity, Bean was the first astronaut to dive in the Neutral Buoyancy Simulator and a champions of the process for astronaut training. When fellow astronaut, Clifton Williams, was tragically killed in an air crash, this subsequently opened a space for Bean on the backup crew for Apollo 9.
Apollo 12 Commander Conrad, who had instructed Bean at the Naval Flight Test School years before, personally requested Bean to replace Williams.
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