Moonwalker and space artist Alan Bean dies

Astronaut Alan L Bean holds a Special Environmental Sample Container filled with lunar soil collected during the Apollo 12 mission in this

His first mission to space was in November 1969 as a member of the Apollo 12 crew, the second to land on the moon, it said. He attended the Navy Test Pilot school and accumulated more than 5,000 hours of flying time in 27 different types of aircraft. She added he died "peacefully. surrounded by those who loved him".

Those materials and memories are what Bean brought back from the moon, but he also left something behind - his silver astronaut lapel pin. "He was the love of my life and I miss him dearly", Alan's wife Leslie, to whom he was married for 40 years, said in the statement.

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 commissioned as a U.S. Navy pilot in 1955, and he joined NASA's astronaut corps in 1963.

After Apollo 12, Bean commanded Skylab's second crew on a record-setting 59 day, 24.4 million flight, generating 76,000 images of the Sun to help scientists understand its effects on the solar system.

Alan Bean (R), pictured in November 1969 with his fellow U.S. astronauts of Apollo 12, Charles "Pete" Conrad, Jr. "I'd say 60 percent of them thought maybe I was having a midlife crisis", Mr. Bean recalled in his book "Apollo" (1998), written with Andrew Chaikin, in which he reproduced many of his paintings. "We're really here. That's the Earth up there.' And I said it two or three times to myself". His paintings, inspired by space travel, featured lunar boot prints as well as small pieces of his mission patches which were stained by Moon dust.

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"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.

Mr. Bean developed his interest in painting while taking art courses early in his Navy career.

He is survived by his wife, sister and two children from a prior marriage. "And for years, Alan and I never missed a month where we did not have a cheeseburger together at Miller's Café in Houston", Cunningham said.

"A lot of things I think about come from the right side of my brain", he said in 2007.

Mr. Bean returned to space in July 1973, when he commanded a three-man flight to the orbiting space research station Skylab, the forerunner of the International Space Station.

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