NASA has shocked the world by announcing the death of Alan Bean on Saturday. He dies at the age of 86 years. He was one of those astronauts who had stepped on the Moon. Alan Bean had stepped on the surface of the Moon for two times. He was the fourth person who had walked on the surface of the Moon in 1969. He had reached the surface of the Moon on Apollo 12 mission. This was his second landing on the surface of the Moon. He had joined Apollo 12 as a lunar module pilot. Here, it worth mentioning that only 12 persons in the world have ever stepped on the surface of the Moon.
Allan Bean had spent total 69 days in space. Out of these 69 days, he had spent only 31 hours on the surface of the Moon. Allan Bean had stepped on ‘Ocean of Storms’ part of the lunar surface. He and his fellow astronaut Pete Conrad had conducted experiments on the surface of the Moon. And, the third astronaut Richard Gordon orbited the command module. His aim was to search out landing sites for future lunar missions. It was the result of that search that four months after Apollo 12, Neil Armstrong had walked on the surface of the Moon. He went there on historic Apollo 11 mission.
Allan Beans often used to recall his lunar mission. During an interview to People Magazine in 1981, he said that looking back on the Earth from lunar surface was an awesome experience. He also told the magazine that we used to collect rocks from the surface of the Moon. Here, it is important to mention that this lunar mission was a great success. He recalled his excitement during the Apollo 12 mission while talking at NASA in 1998. Allan Bean was the astronaut who played a crucial role in guiding the future lunar missions.