Monday, July 12, 2010

2010 National Aviation Hall of Fame Enshrinement Class - Alan Bean

Only a handful of men have walked on the moon. But thanks to Alan Bean’s artistic eye – and firsthand memories – we can all get closer to living that experience. Alan Bean was born in Wheeler, TX on March 15, 1922. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1955 and was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Navy. After completing flight training he was assigned to a jet attach squadron in Jacksonville, FL. After a four-year tour of duty, he attended the Navy Test Pilot School – where one of his instructors was his future Apollo 12 commander, Pete Conrad.

We has selected in 1963 as part of NASA’s third group of astronauts. After serving on the backup crews for Gemini 10 and Apollo 9, Bean was selected as the lunar module pilot for Apollo 12, the second lunar landing.

After the successful Apollo 12 mission, Bean’s final mission in space was as commander of Skylab 3 in 1973. He now lives in Houston and devotes himself to his paintings and other works of art that feature his experiences in space.

For more of Alan Bean’s story, as well as the other members of this year’s Hall of Fame class, join us Saturday night at 7:00pm EDT for the LIVE Internet broadcast of the entire Hall of Fame Enshrinement event. Click here.  

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