|Alan LaVern Bean
man to walk on the Moon; Skylab resident
Born March 15, 1932,
in Wheeler, Texas.
Children 1 son, 1 daughter
Married Leslie Clem
High School Paschal
High School, Fort Worth, Texas
Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical
Engineering University of Texas, 1955
Honorary Doctorate of Science Texas
Wesleyan College, 1972
Honorary Doctorate of Engineering Science
University of Akron (Ohio), 1974
Commissioned into the U.S.Navy
following graduation from the Naval ROTC program
at the University of Texas.
Assigned to a jet attack squadron in Jacksonville,
Florida; served four years.
Attended the Navy Test Pilot School.
Flew as a test pilot on several types of naval
Selected as an astronaut in October 1963.
Served as backup astronaut for the Gemini X and
Apollo IX missions.
Lunar module pilot on Apollo XII,
the second manned lunar landing, November 14-24,
Spacecraft commander of Skylab III,
July 29-September 25, 1973.
Backup spacecraft commander of the United
States flight crew for the Apollo-Soyuz Test
Resigned from NASA in June 1981 to devote his
full time to painting. His
"space-based" paintings have earned him
a reputation as a very accomplished artist. Still
operates a studio in Houston, Texas.
fellow, American Astronautical
member, Society of Experimental Test Pilots
Awards and Honors
11 world records in space and
two NASA Distinguished Service Medals
Navy Astronaut Wings
two Navy Distinguished Service Medals
Rear Admiral William S. Parsons Award for
Scientific and Technical Progress
University of Texas Distinguished Alumnus Award
University of Texas Distinguished Engineering
Godfrey L. Cabot Award
National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
Texas Press Association's Man of the Year Award
City of Chicago Gold Medal
Robert J. Collier Trophy for 1973
Federation Aeronautique Internationale's Yuri
Gagarin Gold Medal for 1973 (1974)
FAI V.M. Komarov Diploma for 1973 (1974)
Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy for 1975
AIAA Octave Chanute Award for 1975
AAS Flight Achievement Award for 1974 (1975)
Astronaut Biographies www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/bean-al.html
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