Alan L. Bean, RIP
Alan L.. Bean, astronaut and space artist. Courtesy NASA.
For those of us who have been space-mad since childhood, there are certain heroes who stand out; Alan Bean was an Apollo hero and naval officer. He stepped on the Moon from aboard Apollo 12, the fourth person in history to walk on the lunar surface. He was also an amazing space artist, and his paintings adorn such places as the Smithsonian Institution.
Alan Bean died yesterday after a short illness, but at age 86, he lived a long and fruitful life. I remember running across his paintings in catalogs from Novagraphics back in the 1980s. Then, I found out he was a member of the International Association of Astronomical Artists, a group of space artists many of whom I have met or know personally.
A Hero and his Inspiration for All
Alan Bean’s travels to space inspired a generation of us, along with the exploits of his astronaut teammates. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to go to space. In fact, he and his teammates made it look so easy I figured I’d be on the Moon by the time I went to ...