Astronaut Alan Bean, who was the fourth person to walk on the moon, has died.
A statement released by Nasa and family members said Bean died on Saturday in Houston after a short illness. He was 86.
Bean was the lunar module pilot on Apollo 12, which made the second moon landing in 1969.
We're saddened by the passing of astronaut Alan Bean. The fourth person to walk on the Moon, he spent 10+ hours on the lunar surface during Apollo 12. Bean was spacecraft commander of Skylab Mission II & devoted his retirement to painting. Family release: https://t.co/bX8eXNQlSq pic.twitter.com/NJPQULjGlw— NASA (@NASA) May 26, 2018
He then commanded the second crewed flight to the United States’ first space station, Skylab, in 1973.
On that mission, he orbited the Earth for 59 days.
Bean spent a total of 69 days in space, including 31 hours on the moon.
His wife of 40 years, Leslie Bean, said in the statement he died peacefully surrounded by those who loved him.