Alan Bean, 4th man on moon, is dead at 86 – CNET
Alan Bean, the fourth man to walk on the moon and one of only 12 to have set foot there, died at 86 on Saturday, according to a statement on NASA’s website.
Bean was a US Navy test pilot prior to being picked by NASA as an astronaut in 1963. Six years later, he piloted the lunar module on Apollo 12, the second moon landing mission, and walked on the moon’s surface with fellow astronaut Charles Conrad.
Among other things, the two explorers collected 75 pounds of moon rocks and soil for study on Earth. That “fantastic suite of lunar samples” is “a scientific gift that keeps on giving today and in the future,” Harrison Schmitt, Apollo 17 lunar module pilot and the only geologist to walk on the moon, said in the statement.