26 Facts About Alan Bean

1. Alan Bean was a fellow of the American Astronautical Society and a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots.

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2. Alan Bean was interred in Arlington National Cemetery on November 8, 2018 with a service which included a flyover, military band, carriage procession, and gun salute.

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3. Alan Bean had a son, Clay, and a daughter, Amy Sue, both from his first marriage.

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4. Alan Bean died on May 26, 2018, in Houston, Texas, at the age of 86.

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5. Alan Bean added tiny pieces of the patches to his paintings, which made them unique.

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6. Alan Bean resigned from NASA in June 1981 to devote his time to painting.

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7. Alan Bean retired from the Navy in October 1975 as a captain, and continued as head of the Astronaut Candidate Operations and Training Group within the Astronaut Office in a civilian capacity.

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8. On his next assignment, Alan Bean was the backup spacecraft commander of the United States flight crew for the joint American-Russian Apollo-Soyuz Test Project.

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9. Alan Bean was the astronaut who executed John Aaron's "Flight, try SCE to 'Aux'" instruction to restore telemetry after the spacecraft was struck by lightning 36 seconds after launch, thus salvaging the mission.

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10. Alan Bean was the lunar module pilot on Apollo 12, the second lunar landing.

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11. Alan Bean was placed in the Apollo Applications Program in the interim.

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12. Alan Bean was selected to be the backup command pilot for Gemini 10, but was unsuccessful in securing an early Apollo flight assignment.

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13. Alan Bean logged more than 7,145 hours flying time, including 4,890 hours in jet aircraft.

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14. Alan Bean was born March 15, 1932, in Wheeler, the seat of Wheeler County in the northeastern Texas Panhandle.

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15. Alan Bean was the last living crew member of Apollo 12.

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16. Alan 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.

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17. Alan Bean made his first flight into space aboard Apollo 12, the second manned mission to land on the Moon, at age 37 in November 1969.

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18. Alan Bean was selected to become an astronaut by NASA in 1963 as part of Astronaut Group 3.

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19. Alan Bean dazzled audiences with her powerhouse vocals in renditions of "I Wanna Be Around" off of her latest album, Spectrum.

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20. Alan Bean has been cast as Alec Holland and Mears it seems like the creatives behind the show are taking most of their influences from Alan Moore's quintessential run on the character.

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21. Alan Bean was one of the third group of astronauts named by NASA in October 1963.

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22. Alan Bean was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Texas Wesleyan College in 1972, and was presented an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering Science degree from the University of Akron in 1974.

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23. Alan Bean logged 1,671 hours and 45 minutes in space, of which 10 hours and 26 minutes were spent in EVAs on the Moon and in Earth orbit.

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24. Alan Bean was the spacecraft commander of Skylab 3, the second manned mission to Skylab, from July 29 to September 25, 1973.

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25. Alan Bean received a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1955.

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26. Alan Bean was a Boy Scout and he earned the rank of First Class.

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