Alan Bean Apollo 12

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Astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean piloted Intrepid during the Apollo 12 mission to a landing within 200 meters of Surveyor 3 on Nov. 19, 1969. During their brief stay of almost 32 hours, the two astronauts performed two moonwalks, each a little less than four hours long. Bean, 86, a former U.S. Navy test pilot who became one of only 12 people ever to set foot on the moon, died at Houston Methodist Hospital on May 26, 2018, after falling ill two weeks ago while traveling in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Continue reading for a video on the Apollo 12 mission and more information.

“For the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11’s moon landing, Bean exhibited his paintings of lunar scenes at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington. Bean’s lunar quest came just four months after American Neil Armstrong became the first human to walk on the moon in NASA’s historic Apollo 11 mission in July 1969,” reports Yahoo News.