Alan Bean

  • American astronaut
  • Born March 15, 1932

Alan LaVern Bean (March 15, 1932 – May 26, 2018) was an American naval officer and aviator, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and NASA astronaut; he was the fourth person to walk on the Moon. He was selected to become an astronaut by NASA in 1963 as part of Astronaut Group 3. He made his first flight into space aboard Apollo 12, the second crewed mission to land on the Moon, at age 37 in November 1969. He made his second and final flight into space on the Skylab 3 mission in 1973, the second crewed mission to the Skylab space station.

I have the nicest life in the world.

I can remember walking on the moon.

But I found that being an artist and doing accurate work is very difficult.

The moon is very rugged.

I found I have to stay painting.

It's hard not to be excited when you're going to find a way to land on the moon.

One of the great things about the universe is that it's fair.

I think everything depends on money.

History has spurts and then is steady, and then maybe even backing up a step, and then forward again.

Eventually there are going to be cities in space.

I feel like there's too many paintings left unpainted that I just don't want to take the time away.

We knew it was going to be difficult to get to the moon. We didn't know how difficult.

But I'm the only one who can paint the moon, because I'm the only one who knows whether that's right or not.