Captain Alan Bean
Patron of Inspiration – North Staffordshire Astronomical Society
Naval Aviator, Apollo 12 Lunar Module Pilot
Commander Skylab Mission
“First Artist on another World”
Alan Bean was born on March 15 1932 and grew up and lived in Texas where he attended R. L. Paschal High School in Fort Worth, Texas.
He majored in Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Texas and competed in gymnastics and diving.
After graduating he became a naval aviator. After his tour of duty was complete he went to Navy Test Pilot School and met his instructor Pete Conrad who would be mission commander on Apollo 12.
Alan however has his sights set much higher
He was selected to become an astronaut by NASA in 1963 as part of Astronaut Group 3. He made his first flight into space aboard Apollo 12, the second manned mission to land on the Moon, at the age of thirty-seven years in November 1969. During this mission, Bean became the fourth person to walk on the Moon. He made his second and final flight into space on the Skylab 3 mission in 1973, the second manned mission to the Skylab space station.
Bean was backup spacecraft commander of the United States flight crew for the joint American-Russian Apollo-Soyuz Test Project in 1975
Bean retired from the Navy in October 1975 as a Captain but continued as head of the Astronaut Candidate Operations and Training Group within the Astronaut Office in a civilian capacity.
He now tours the world lecturing on his experience and in his spare time enjoys painting, producing highly collectable original Apollo artwork.
He became Patron of Inspiration to the NSAS in 2014