Friday 22 June 2018

Astronaut and moonwalker Alan Bean dies aged 86

Alan Bean spent a total of 69 days in space.

Alan Bean was the fourth man to walk on the moon (Harry Cabluck/AP)
Alan Bean was the fourth man to walk on the moon (Harry Cabluck/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

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.

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.

Press Association

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