Alan LaVern Bean (March 15, 1932 – May 26, 2018) was an American naval executive and aviator, aeronautical engineer, test pilot and NASA astronaut; he was the fourth person to walk upon the Moon. He was chosen to become an astronaut by NASA in 1963 as share of Astronaut Group 3.
Before becoming an astronaut, Bean graduated once a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from University of Texas at Austin in 1955 and re-joined the U.S. Navy—he served as an enlisted aficionado for a year after his tall school graduation. He standard his naval aviator wings in 1956 and served as a fighter pilot. In 1960 he graduated from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, flew as a exam pilot and was The New Nine selection finalist in 1962.
He made his first flight into express aboard Apollo 12, the second crewed mission to land on the Moon, at age 37 in November 1969. He made his second and fixed flight into space upon the Skylab 3 mission in 1973, the second crewed mission to the Skylab express station. After retiring from the United States Navy in 1975 and NASA in 1981, he pursued his engagement in painting, depicting various space-related scenes and documenting his own experiences in appearance as capably as those of his fellow Apollo program astronauts. He was the last thriving crew enthusiast of Apollo 12.