“Alan was the strongest and kindest man I ever knew,” his spouse, Leslie Bean, stated in a press release. “He was the love of my life and I miss him dearly.” She added he died “peacefully … surrounded by those that cherished him.”
The retired astronaut fell ailing two weeks in the past whereas touring in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the assertion stated.
Born on March 15, 1932, in Wheeler, Texas, Bean was a check pilot within the US Navy when NASA chosen him and 13 others in October 1963 for coaching to change into the third group of NASA astronauts, in line with the household obituary shared by the area company.
“In complete, Bean logged 69 days, 15 hours and 45 minutes in area,” the obituary stated, “together with 31 hours and 31 minutes on the moon’s floor.”
After retiring from the Navy in 1975 and NASA in 1981, respectively, Bean turned an artist and targeted his vitality on portray creative impressions of the moon touchdown.