The Associated Press reported on Saturday that Astronaut Alan Bean has died. Bean was the fourth person to walk on the moon.
His family members and NASA released a brief statement saying that Bean died Saturday in Houston after a short illness. He was 86.
Bean was the lunar module pilot on Apollo 12. That mission made the second moon landing in 1969. He also commanded the second crewed flight to the United States’ first space station, Skylab, in 1973.
That mission required him to orbit the Earth for 59 days. In total, Bean spent 69 days in space, which included 31 hours on the moon.
His wife of 40 years, Leslie Bean, said in the statement he died peacefully surrounded by those who loved him.
Please pray for those who are mourning his loss. Those who knew and loved him are already taking to Twitter.