Alan Bean, born on the 15th of March 1932 in Texas, was a trained U. S. naval aviator and test pilot when he was selected in 1963 for NASA's third astronaut group. In 1969 he made his first space flight. As the Lunar Module Pilot of   Apollo 12, he became the fourth man in history to walk on the lunar surface, preceded only by Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Pete Conrad.
Pete Conrad (left), Dick Gordon (center) and Al Bean (right) pose with their Saturn V.   On Nov. 19, 1969, Alan Bean climbs down the ladder to the lunar surface for the first time.
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