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Alan LaVerne (Al) Bean Status: Inactive. Trained as: Astronaut. Profession: Pilot. Sex: Male. Marital Status: Divorced. Children: Two. Birth Date: 15 March 1932. Birth City: Wheeler. Birth State: Texas. Birth Country: USA. Nationality: American. Group: 1963 NASA Group. Date Selected: 17 October 1963. Date Departed: 26 February 1981. Number of Flights: 2. Total Time: 69.66 days. Number of EVAs: 4. Total EVA Time: 10.53 hours.

NAME: Alan L. Bean

BIRTHPLACE AND DATE: Bean was born March 15, 1932, in Wheeler, Texas.

EDUCATION: Bean received a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Texas in 1955.

EXPERIENCE: As a Navy ROTC student, Bean was commissioned after graduation from college. After completing flight training, he was assigned to a jet attack squadron at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida. After a four-year tour, he attended the Navy Test Pilot School and thereafter flew several types of new Navy aircraft as a test pilot.

Bean was selected by NASA in the third group of astronauts in October 1963. He served on the backup crews of Gemini 10 and Apollo 9 missions before assignment as Lunar Module pilot for Apollo 12. On November 19, 1969, Commander Pete Conrad and Bean landed on the Ocean of Storms and became the third and fourth humans to walk on the moon, while Richard Gordon orbited overhead in the Command Module. During two outside excursions they deployed several surface experiments, powered by the first nuclear thermal generator deployed on the moon. Their pinpoint landing allowed them to inspect an unmanned Surveyor spacecraft that landed there two years earlier. They collected and returned 30 kg of rocks and lunar soil for study on Earth.

Bean commanded the second manned Skylab mission, Skylab 3, launched on July 28, 1973. The other crew members were Science Pilot Owen Garriott and Command Module pilot Jack Lousma. They would spend 59 days aboard the space workshop. On the third EVA of the mission, Bean and Garriott installed a new set of gyroscopes to replace failed units. During the course of the mission Earth resources photography, solar astronomy, metals processing and biological experiments were conducted.

Bean retired from the Navy in 1975 but continued with NASA as head of the Astronaut Candidate Operations and Training Group. He retired from NASA in 1981 and thereafter became a space painter of some repute.

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