Former astronaut Alan Bean has died

On a weekend when we are to remember the sacrifices made for our freedom, another name was added to the list.

On Saturday, former astronaut Alan Bean, the fourth man to have ever walked on the moon, died at the age of 86.

Texas Native

Bean was a native Texan that did his name and country proud.

Born in Wheeler, Texas, Bean first got his wings flying for the U.S. Navy.

He would later serve in NASA during both Apollo and Skylab campaigns.

The Navy

Bean entered the Navy after getting his degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Texas.

His first assignment in the Navy was with the VA-44, where he flew the F9F Cougar and the A4D Skyhawk.

After his first tour of duty, Bean went to the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School.

He would fly numerous aircraft during that time as a test pilot and would then be assigned to the VA-172 attack squadron.

The Astronaut

In 1963, Bean was selected to be part of the NASA program as part of Astronaut Group 3.

Bean literally dove into the program, being the first astronaut to have ever dived in the Neutral Buoyancy Simulator.

He would then serve on the backup crew of Apollo 9 before being chosen at the lunar module pilot for Apollo 12.

Bean became the fourth American to walk on the moon during this mission.

Bean was actually able to save the mission after the aircraft had been struck by lightning a mere 36 seconds after launching.

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Bean would later spend almost two full months in space as the commander of Skylab 3.

He officially retired from the Navy in 1975 with the rank of captain but would continue to work at NASA as a civilian.

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