Apollo 12 Astronaut Alan Bean who was the 4th man to walk on the moon, commanded the second SkyLab mission and became a renowned artist, has died at 86.
I had the pleasure of meeting Alan Bean at an inspiring lecture he gave in the UK in 2013 where he talked about his missions and illustrated his account with his paintings.
From the distance of half a century the Apollo program can seem like a remote historical event. Hearing the human stories of this great series of achievements firsthand from people who were part of the team that made it happen brings it closer and links us to it.
RIP Alan Bean.