Alan Bean, moon-walking US astronaut dies in Houston

Alan Bean the fourth man to walk on the moon is shown during a preview of his work at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum in Austin Texas

Bean was the lunar module pilot on Apollo 12 and also commanded the second crewed mission to Skylab in July of 1973.

Bean retired from the Navy in 1975, and from NASA in 1981.

"Alan Bean is one of the great renaissance men of his generation - engineer, fighter pilot, astronaut and artist".

She said that Bean, a native Texan, died peacefully while surrounded by his loved ones.

He served as backup astronaut for the Gemini 10 and Apollo 9 missions.

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In total, Bean logged 69 days, 15 hours and 45 minutes in space, including 31 hours and 31 minutes on the moon's surface, according to NASA.

Bean was a US Navy test pilot prior to being picked by NASA as an astronaut in 1963. During the then-record-setting 59-day, 24.4 million-mile flight, Bean and his two crewmates generated 18 miles of computer tape during surveys of Earth's resources and 76,000 photographs of the Sun to help scientists better understand its affects on the solar system.

"I'd always wanted to be a pilot, ever since I could remember", said Bean in the 1998 NASA oral history.

On Nov. 19, 1969, Bean, together with Apollo 12 commander Charles "Pete" Conrad, landed on the Ocean of Storms and became the fourth human to walk on the Moon. But I want it to be the most attractive black dirt that's ever been painted in the history of art.

"I think I would like to be remembered in the end as an astronaut and an artist", Bean told People.

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His Apollo-themed paintings feature canvases textured with lunar boot prints and embedded with small pieces of his moon dust-stained mission patches.

"As all great explorers are, Alan was a boundary pusher", NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement that credited Bean with being part of 11 world records in the areas of space and aeronautics.

"I think of myself not as an astronaut who paints", he added, "but as an artist who was once an astronaut".

"He was a one-of-a-kind combination of technical achievement as an astronaut and artistic achievement as a painter", said Massimino, who flew on two space shuttle missions.

Bean is survived by his wife Leslie; two children from a previous marriage, Amy Sue and Clay; and sister Paula Scott.

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Mr. Bean developed his interest in painting while taking art courses early in his Navy career. "Alan and I never missed a month where we did not have a cheeseburger".

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